We’re recruiting a diverse range of students into the School of Medicine. Students learn not only from their classes, but from their interactions with each other. By maintaining a diverse student body, Hopkins remains a vibrant community of learning and innovation.
- In collaboration with both Assistant Dean for Student Diversity, Dr. Danny Teraguchi, and the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Programs, Dr. Levi Watkins, the ODCC provided financial support for the Annual URM Student Reception which took place September 8, 2009, at the Bay Café in downtown Baltimore. The event brought together faculty, administrators, staff, and elected officials to welcome incoming minority students, house staff, residents, and faculty. Between 80-90 individuals attended this event.
- The ODCC is currently working with Dr. Teraguchi and Senior Resident and Housestaff Council President, Christina Twyman to co-sponsor a series of minority networking events which began in November 2009. Several events have taken place since and are gradually increasing in attendance.
Residents and Fellows
Residents and fellows may one day become faculty members and leaders in the School of Medicine. Studies have found that minorities receive less and lower-quality health care than whites, resulting in higher mortality rates. And that minority physicians are more likely to: care for patients of their own race or ethnicity, practice in areas that are underserved, care for poorer patients with less access to medical care, and conduct research on reducing racial disparities in care.
To formulate and implement a diversity and inclusion program for the School of Medicine, Dr. Brian K. Gibbs has initiated activities/collaborations with several large and small departments such as Pediatrics, Medicine, Surgery, and Dermatology. The collaborations were established to help identify and promote the development of promising initiatives for climate change, retention, and recruitment of faculty and staff from under-represented racial and ethnic minorities (URMs).
Departmental and other diversity activities:
- Pediatrics hosted an all-day Fellowship Training Directors Retreat to develop a cultural competency curriculum and develop a protocol for retention of URM fellows. (September 19, 2009)
- We provided funding to support the Seventh Annual Visiting Professorship for Diversity in Medicine. In an effort to stimulate interest in establishing a school-wide Diversity Lectureship, Dr. Gibbs pushed discussions that led to strategies and tactics to include other department directors and diversity council representatives in this event. (October 1-2, 2009)
- We launched the Annual (New) URM Faculty luncheon to introduce new URM faculty to each other, Johns Hopkins Medicine executive leadership and the ODCC team. (October 20, 2009)
- We provided support for six residents from different departments to attend the Annual Student National Medical Association in New Orleans, Louisiana. Funding for travel, hotel and a per diem for meals was provided. (April 8-12, 2009)
- Surgery and Medicine are assisting in the development of a Diversity Attitudes Survey to promote cultural competency.
- Dermatology unveiled the Ethnic Skin Care Program. The ODCC is assisting with grant writing, marketing and promotion of this program. (January 13, 2010)
- Established Strategic Alliance with Hampton University, which explored shared resources, pre-med and graduate school matriculation, faculty exchange, grant-writing for faculty development, and other activities, include Engineering and Nursing programs. (November 2009)