Dr. Marquita Genies has been named the inaugural assistant dean for graduate medical education and postdoctoral affairs diversity, equity and inclusion, effective March 1, 2023.
Dr. Genies is an assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. She also serves as an associate program director of the Harriet Lane Pediatric Residency Training Program.
She has a long-standing commitment to creating diverse, inclusive and engaging learning environments. She also has significant experience recruiting, retaining, and advancing underrepresented in medicine (UIM) trainees, having served in numerous local and national leadership positions. Nationally, she has worked with UIM trainees pursuing careers in academic medicine as a faculty member with the Academic Pediatric Association New Century Scholars Resident Mentoring Program. Most notably, Dr. Genies serves as the associate vice chair of Faculty Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Pediatrics. In this role, she works with a multidisciplinary team to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts throughout Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Dr. Genies is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. She subsequently completed pediatric residency training at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and hospitals and a general academic pediatrics fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Since joining the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty, Dr. Genies has established herself as a leader in medical education with a specific focus on addressing health care disparities through the development and implementation of bias mitigation and anti-racism curricula, and increasing racial, ethnic and gender diversity of the physician workforce. She has received numerous awards recognizing her role as a teacher and educational innovator. In 2021, the Association of Pediatric Program Directors awarded Dr. Genies' anti-racism curriculum with a Spotlight in Education honor. Additionally, Dr. Genies was the recipient of the Picker Gold Graduate Medical Education Challenge Grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to develop a culturally competent curriculum to address vaccine hesitancy among historically marginalized communities.
In this new role, Dr. Genies will work closely with residents, clinical fellows, postdoctoral research fellows, and faculty and staff members to guide the development and implementation of robust recruitment and support strategies to be intentionally inclusive across training environments within the school of medicine. Additionally, she will proactively support those who are underrepresented in medicine and sciences, and LGBTQ and international trainees; engage faculty regarding strategies to optimize our environment for a diverse community of learners; and serve as an advocate for trainees within the institution.