The MGH Dept of Psychiatry Diversity Center supports a vibrant community of talented and diverse students, residents and faculty.

A diverse community reflected in the residency program

MGH and McLean Hospital are strongly committed to recruitment and retention of staff from all ethnic backgrounds, cultures, ages, lifestyles and physical abilities. The Center for Diversity grew out of a committee, convened in 1998 by Chief of Psychiatry, Dr. Ned Cassem, in response to then MGH President, Dr. James Mongan’s hospital wide initiative to identify problems and develop a diversity plan for the Department of Psychiatry. Over the years, the Committee has been fortunate to have the participation of dedicated departmental staff and trainees, enabling its expanded scope as a Center.

The Multicultural Affairs Office of MGH is a vibrant and active community to support a diverse environment for medical students, residents and faculty. We have a strong relationship with the MAO to facilitate our recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities. We encourage all candidates to get involved with the MAO prior to or during their visit to our program.

In May of 1990, the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Faculty Council unanimously approved the creation of the Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP). MFDP is designed to support the career development of junior faculty and to address crucial pipeline issues.

These issues include:

  • Increasing the pool of minority students interested in careers in science and medicine.
  • Promoting medical students, graduate students, and fellows to develop the needed skills for success in the academic arena
  • Advancing the career development of junior faculty.
The Visiting Clerkship Program, sponsored by the Minority Faculty Development Program of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office for Diversity and Community Partnership (DCP), provides support for fourth-year and qualified third-year minority (African American, Native American, and Hispanic American) medical students to participate in the HMS Exchange Clerkship Program. Please visit the HMS DCP website for more information.
I am interested in working with underserved communities both locally and globally. I am currently exploring the traditional and alternative medicine treatments available in post-conflict Liberia. I am also traveling to Ghana for two weeks to teach a class about psychiatry in the primary care setting, as well as spending time at the Benson Henry Mind Body Institute to learn more about integrating mind body medicine into psychiatric practices. Next year I will be entering into a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at MGH. Nicole Christian, Class of 2012