Diversity Council Initiatives

The Department of Medicine and the Diversity Council continuously examine approaches to recruit, retain, engage, and fundamentally value faculty and trainees who are under-represented in medicine.

Visiting 4th Year Medical Student Clerkship

The Department of Medicine shares the commitment to diversity espoused by the School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University, and it views diversity as essential to the Department’s pursuit of excellence in education, patient care, research and addressing health care disparities. In view of that commitment, the Director of Medicine and the Diversity Council of the Johns Hopkins University Department of Medicine invites medical students who are from groups underrepresented in medicine, including under-represented minorities and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds, and who intend to pursue a career in internal medicine or its subspecialties, to apply for our Visiting Clerkship Program. We look forward to welcoming all students, regardless of race or ethnicity, who are committed to this important mission. The clerkship exposes medical students to career opportunities available in an academic medical center and includes: an assigned faculty mentor, exposure to research programs (emphasizing those focused on underserved populations), service learning opportunities through community outreach programs and assistance in preparing for the residency interviews. A stipend is provided on a highly competitive basis. NOTE: Clinical electives are only available to medical students who are attending either LCME approved schools (U.S. and Canadian medical schools) or schools with which we have a formal affiliation.

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Applications for the 2024 cycle are due by May 31, 2024. Letters are due by June 7, 2024.

Myron L. Weisfeldt Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Diversity

Each year, the Department of Medicine invites a prominent  physician, scientist, or national leader to be a Diversity Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Professorship includes opportunities for the department’s leadership to meet with the honoree and the minority faculty to discuss issues related to minorities in academic medicine. The honoree also meets with housestaff and fellows. One of the highlights of the visit is when the visiting Professor gives Medical Grand Rounds.

Past Visiting Professors

Kimberly D. Manning, MD

April 2023
Emory University School of Medicine

Kimberly D. Manning, MD

James E. K. Hildreth, PhD, MD

September 2022
Meharry Medical College

James E. K. Hildreth

Carmen Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP

May 2021
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Carmen Guerra

Gail Kerr, MD

February 2019
Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Howard University Hospital, Georgetown University

Gail Kerr

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, MAS

April 2018
University of California, San Francisco

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo

Ivor Benjamin, MD, FAHA, FACC

April 2017
Medical College of Wisconsin

Ivor Benjamin

Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, MSc, FRCP

May 2016
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Samuel Dagogo-Jack

Clarence H. Braddock III, MD, MPH, MACP

May 2015
University of California at Los Angeles

 Clarence H. Braddock III

Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH

February 2014
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Adaora Adimora

Alicia Fernandez, MD

February 2013
University of California at San Francisco

Alicia Fernandez

Keith Norris, MD, PhD

January 2012
University of California at Los Angeles

Keith Norris

Michael Debaun, MD, MPH

November 2010
Vanderbilt University

Michael Debaun

Hannah Valantine, MD

October 2009
Stanford University

Hannah Valantine

Esteban González Burchard, MD, MPH

May 2008
University of California at San Francisco

Esteban González Burchard

David S. Wilkes, MD, FACP

February 2007
Indiana University

David S. Wilkes

Jackson Wright, MD, PhD, FACP

April 2006
Case Western Reserve University

Jackson Wright

Talmadge King, Jr., MD

February 2005
University of California at San Francisco

Talmadge King, Jr.

Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSCR

December 2003
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Giselle Corbie-Smith

Juanita L. Merchant, MD, PhD

May 2003
University of Michigan

Juanita L. Merchant

Proactive Outreach

Promoting Inclusive Environments

  • Welcome events for new trainees
  • Raise awareness of implicit bias and other factors hindering inclusion

Faculty Development

  • Nominate and sponsor faculty for awards and leadership development programs
  • Study factors that enhance success and satisfaction

Showcase Excellence

  • Highlight accomplishments of faculty and trainees
  • Host events with expert panels and more
  • Publish a monthly newsletter showcasing council members