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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Three years ago, Inginia Genao, MD, was appointed as Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for the department. Many steps have been taken since then to create a unique and inviting environment rich in diversity and inclusivity. Initiatives were undertaken to further the department’s diversity efforts during the 2018–2019 academic year. 

Darin Latimore, MD, (center) chief diversity officer and associate professor (general medicine) meets with medical students in Sterling Hall of Medicine.
Photo by Robert A. Lisak
Darin Latimore, MD, (center) chief diversity officer and associate professor (general medicine) meets with medical students in Sterling Hall of Medicine.

Recruitment 

The 62-member diversity committee was restructured to include an executive committee. The group comprises department faculty, trainees, and staff who focus on faculty pipeline programs through recruitment efforts on trainees. Committee members visit historically black colleges and universities across the United States each year to encourage medical students to learn more about Yale through receptions and fairs. During this academic year, the group visited Meharry Medical College in September; Morehouse College in January; and Howard University in February.

Committee members also attended the Student National Medical Association’s national conference in April to expand recruitment efforts. Almost 230 students expressed interest in YSM as a whole, and 40 asked for more information about internal medicine specialties.   

Carmen Canales, staff member of the Diversity Committee, is leading the Early Pipeline Subcommittee and plans to concentrate on New Haven public schools in collaboration with the New Haven State Affairs. The department has approved a budget to cover the costs of physician coverage for current residents who wish to attend recruitment events. This funding will be in place in September. 

Training

In the fall, faculty and staff at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System participated in a two-day retreat at which Genao led workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Genao will host a diversity retreat for the Section of General Internal Medicine this upcoming November. 

Program Administration 

The program was awarded a Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) grant to conduct teaching across the department on unconscious bias and health disparities. In addition, the Department of Internal Medicine provided a supplemental grant for the effort. We are in the process of finalizing phase 1 of the report. 

Diversity resources for residents and faculty were added to the department website, with additional changes planned for the fall. 

The Diversity Committee meets on a monthly basis to discuss recruitment initiatives within the Department of Internal Medicine.
The Diversity Committee meets on a monthly basis to discuss recruitment initiatives within the Department of Internal Medicine.

Yale Visiting Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine Program 

The Yale Visiting Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (YVPSUM) offers URiM medical students the opportunity for immersion in a four-week medicine elective at YNHH. The program also exposes students to clinical and research faculty, medical students, residents, and leadership across the medical school. For the upcoming academic year, the program has been expanded to grant participating students financial assistance for housing in addition to a stipend.

In addition to the program, an annual dinner is held each January, in conjunction with the Office of Graduate Medical Education. Sixty-six students attended the dinner, of which 10 were our program applicants: five matched in the Primary Care Residency Program; one in Med/Peds, and four in the Traditional Residency Program. A total of 10 URiM residents join the department this fall.