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The Department of Internal Medicine strives to create an inviting environment and institutional culture of inclusivity where every individual’s unique and diverse characteristics are valued and respected. We sustain the richness of our department by recruiting and retaining trainees, staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds and talents. We believe an institution is best equipped to succeed when its members represent the population that it serves. At Yale, we have access to rich cultural opportunities to connect with other professionals in and around Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and the city of New Haven.

To further expand the department’s diversity and inclusion efforts, in 2016, twelve years after holding the YNHH Adult Primary Care Center Medical Director position, Inginia Genao, MD, was appointed to the inaugural post of Department of Internal Medicine associate chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In 2017, she assumed the additional role of Graduate Medical Education director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for YNHH.

  • There are a variety of minority faculty resources available at Yale that support Yale's commitment to promote racial, gender, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity.

  • The Minority Housestaff Organization (MHO) is an organization that dedicated to creating a supportive and fecund environment for minorities throughout Yale New Haven Health. Members include medical residents, fellows and other health care trainees.
  • The Yale Visiting Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (YVPSUM) was inaugurated in 2017. It offers an opportunity for URM medical students to spend four weeks in a medicine elective at Yale New Haven Hospital's York Street or Saint Raphael campuses (five minutes apart by shuttle). This program immerses the participating students in clinical medicine and exposes students them to clinical and research faculty, medical students and residents, and Department and Residency program leadership. Moreover, the students participate in Yale and New Haven community activities and other social engagements. Eligible students include fourth-year medical students in good standing who are enrolled in a U.S. LCME accredited allopathic institution (enrolled in a medical degree granting program) and who are from URM groups. These groups include Hispanic (Mexican, Chicano or mainland Puerto Rican), other Hispanic (Cuban, Dominican or other), Black/African-American (not of Hispanic origin), Native American or Asian Pacific Islander.

Diversity Upcoming Events

Under-Represented in Medicine Recruitment Dinner

Thursday, January 30, 2020

6 - 10 p.m.

By invitation only

Honored Guests: URiM Candidates for Residency Training at Yale

Location: The New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave., New Haven

Hosted by: Dr. Inginia Genao, YNHH GME Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

For more information, contact Lori Williams at 203-785-5644.