Excellence and Respect through Diversity, Inclusion, and Focus on Equity
Residents attend Harvard Psychiatry Research Day at the Medical School campus.
Residents from multiple years support each other
At MGH/McLean, we believe that because of diversity we will excel; through inclusion we will respect; focused on equity we will serve, heal, educate and innovate.
Residents from multiple years support each other
The MGH-McLean residency supports a vibrant community of talented and diverse students, residents and faculty.

Overview

Diversity is the richness of human differences. Inclusion is when everyone is valued, engaged, and feels connected. At the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, we believe that because of diversity we will excel; through inclusion we will respect; focused on equity we will serve, heal, educate and innovate.

Residents are nurtured in our pursuit of diverse clinical and non-clinical interests spanning community psychiatry, medical education, spirituality, neuroimaging, psychotherapy, health policy, global health, women’s health, and specialized work with minority communities such as LGBTQ and racial/ethnic minorities, just to name a few.

We are proud of our community rotations that provide us the opportunity to work with underserved populations, including:

and at the various MGH-affiliated community health centers in:

We have been expanding these opportunities on the basis of specialized resident interest to include Codman Square Health Center, Dimock Community Health Center, and Fenway Health.

Many of our trainees expand their expertise beyond the Boston area into the realm of global psychiatry in the 3rd and 4th years. Others use the practices and principles of global psychiatry to focus on global communities right here in our own backyard — for example, researching barriers to care through church outreach among African immigrants in the nearby town of Lowell, MA, or addressing disparities in mental health service utilization among immigrants in Boston’s Chinatown.

We appreciate being a part of an academic medical setting that shares these values and provides resources for inclusion across the spectrum of diversity interests.

Resources and Important Links

  Project Implicit, based at Harvard, is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition—thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the internet. Take the Implicit Association Tests (IAT) to learn more about your conscious and unconscious preferences.

In their book, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald explore hidden biases that we all carry from a lifetime of experiences with social groups—age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, or nationality.

The Association of American Medical College’s commitment to diversity includes embracing a broader definition of diversity and supporting our members’ efforts.
v In the video, Exploring Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine, AAMC Chief Diversity Officer Marc A. Nivet, Ed.D, interviews Howard Ross, founder and chief learning officer of Cook Ross and author of Reinventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance. Dr. Nivet and Mr. Ross explore how and why diversity efforts plateau at institutions, what role unconscious bias plays in these situations, and discuss how to mitigate unconscious bias to increase the success of diversity initiatives.

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University has a strategic initiative focused on implicit bias.

Reviewing Applicants: Research on Bias and Assumptions was written by Eve Fine and Jo Handelsman for the Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



In our mission to matter greatly to the universe of those who suffer psychiatric disorders, to understand all causes from biology to social determinants, and to minister to those who do suffer, in our communities and worldwide, we cannot succeed without being a diverse and inclusive family. To that end, it is essential to this department to expand the diversity of our training programs, our faculty and the populations here and internationally that we serve. ~Jerry Rosenbaum, Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital