Career DevelopmentResidents 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 thankful to receive generous support in our professional development from faculty mentors. It is not uncommon to receive information about awards, grants, and fellowships for which faculty would like to support our applications, from internal travel grants to national fellowships. In addition, the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion sponsors numerous programs including the Career Development Liaison Program (CDLP), CDI Faculty Development Award Program (MFDAP), and Residents and Fellows Committee (RFC). One indication of the excellent mentorship on clinical and academic work they provide is the large number of our faculty alumni have gone on to become clinical directors, department chairs, and national leaders, including:
- Ranna Parekh, Director of the Division of Diversity and Health Equity for the APA
- David Henderson, Chief of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center
- Chester Pierce, former Harvard Professor of Psychiatry and prominent scholar on race
- Stephan Heckers, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University
- Tristan Gorrindo, Director of Education for the American Psychiatric Association
- And many others!
FacultyOur faculty demonstrate a consistent desire to support the experiences of the residents and to improve and expand upon the diversity already robustly represented in our curriculum. Strong mentorship is a core feature of our program, and our mentors and supervisors are committed to our individual personal development as physicians with diverse backgrounds and experiences. For example, residents are developing a book based on their racism curriculum with Dr. Jerry Rosenbaum, the Chief of Psychiatry at MGH. Faculty members with their own minority experiences have been particularly helpful in providing insight into our growth as we navigate this path to becoming psychiatrists. We enjoy picking their brains in supervision, but can attest to even more fun had over dinner, while traveling on global trips, while planning for residency didactics or national workshops, or through monthly meetings of the Centers for Diversity at both MGH and McLean.
In 2015, MGH opened the Disparities Research Unit headed by HMS Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Margarita Alegría. This interdisciplinary unit is funded by multiple NIH grants to generate innovative mental health services research that impacts service delivery for multicultural populations. Residents have enjoyed both mentorship and participation in this group’s research.
The McLean Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (MCDI) was initiated in September 2015 following the recommendations of the McLean OCAO task force on diversity, and serves as a hospital-wide resource, with representation across McLean’s mission elements, professional disciplines, roles, and dimensions of diversity.
The MCDI advises leadership responsible for diversity and inclusion initiatives and educational programming and aims to provide diverse perspectives and feedback about diversity and inclusion-related needs assessments, planning, goals, strategies, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives. The MCDI acts as an umbrella committee to all diversity and inclusion matters hospital-wide and joins and aligns with a number of subcommittees and task forces.
The Implicit Bias Task Force is charged with reviewing the wealth of existing literature in implicit bias and considering how findings might be applied across McLean’s clinical, training, and research mission elements. The LGBTQ Task Force is charged with reviewing the wealth of existing literature, working in concert with Partners Health Equity and Quality (HEQ) committee on their initiatives, and considering how findings might be applied throughout the hospital. Recommendations from these in-depth reviews are presented to the MCDI for consideration and advancement to the President’s Cabinet.
Institutional Commitment to Diversity:MGH’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) actively fosters community for underrepresented minorities across specialties through community service, social events and opportunities for mentorship, which brings together residents and faculty. The MGH Department of Psychiatry also has its own independent Diversity Center that hosts monthly lunch meetings and events including the yearly Diversity Dialogues. The McLean Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is the umbrella organization for a number of subcommittees including the LGBTQ and Implicit Bias task forces that review existing literature for application among clinical, training, and research mission elements of the McLean mission.
Diversity is the richness of human differences. Inclusion is when everyone is valued, engaged, and feels connected. At Massachusetts General Hospital, we believe that because of diversity we will excel; through inclusion we will respect; focused on equity we will serve, heal, educate and innovate. ~Massachusetts General Hospital
As we aim to make a difference to those who suffer from psychiatric disorders, to develop an understanding of all causes of such disorders, from biology to social determinants, and to help in a meaningful way those who do suffer from these conditions, both in our communities and worldwide, we cannot achieve these goals without being a diverse and inclusive family. It is therefore critical for our department that we expand the diversity of our training programs, of our faculty and of the populations that we serve both locally and globally. ~Maurizio Fava, Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital