The department is committed to providing a home for all residents, no matter their ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or religion. We celebrate the diversity of residents in our program and believe your learning will be enhanced by exposure to different perspectives. Our commitment to diversity is exemplified by the appointment of an Assistant Chair for Diversity, Dr. Cindy Crusto.
In 2011, the Department appointed a special advisor on issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender mental health. In 2015, the department convened an ad-hoc Diversity Task Force, and in 2016 the task force became a permanent committee. In 2017, the department created the inaugural Diversity Chief Resident position to support diversity throughout training.
International Medical Graduates
We welcome applications from international medical school graduates who have an outstanding academic background and have had experience in the US Healthcare System. Peter Salovey, president of Yale University, has emphasized that Yale should be a Global University, providing training for the best applicants from around the world. About 25% of our residents are from international medical schools. Many of our faculty have similar backgrounds.
A Welcoming Environment
New Haven is a very diverse city with a large populations of African Americans, Italian Americans, and Latinos and Latinas from Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Our department has responded to this large Latino community by providing specialized services for mono-lingual Spanish speaking patients at the Clinica Hispana in the Connecticut Mental Health Center. Connecticut is also surprisingly diverse and was one of the first states to legalize same sex marriage.
Chief Residents for Diversity
The Chief Resident for Diversity in the Department of Psychiatry will help assess, develop, and cultivate an environment that is equitable, inclusive and supportive of diversity for all trainees, particularly for underrepresented minority trainees as well as for individuals who may experience bias on the basis of gender, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and ability. The Chief Resident’s work to promote diversity and inclusiveness will facilitate all residents utilizing their unique strengths to further the department’s mission.