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Office for Inclusion and Culture Development

Linda H. Chaudron, MD, MSDiversity and Inclusion are core values at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Our vision is to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment that guides and transforms our approaches to healthcare, education, research and community partnerships.

Diversity of all kinds - talent, experience, gender, gender identity, veteran status, religion, abilities, race, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic background - is required to achieve excellence in any organization. Medical schools and academic medical centers are no exception. The Office for Inclusion and Culture Development provides the University of Rochester Medical Center community with a centralized office to access diversity resources, recruitment resources, and educational programs. We work closely with the medical center's senior leadership and the University's Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity to facilitate diversity efforts across the medical center, including within the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the School of Nursing.

I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions and look forward to meeting you at future events.

Linda Chaudron, MD, MS
Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture Development

Current News

Announcing Paul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics Summer Medical Student Fellowships

The Paul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics is pleased to announce that it will be soliciting applications for the first summer medical student fellowships. This 8-week experience will allow 2 selected medical students to focus on the development of education materials to teach medical trainees how to better understand and respond when patients express bias. The students will work with a team of faculty members and will have the opportunity to develop scholarship for publication.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Timothy Quill, Acting Director, Schyve Center.

Jonathan WetherbeeSchool of Nursing's Jonathan Wetherbee Earns 2018 Presidential Diversity Award

This year's Presidential Diversity Award went to Jonathan Wetherbee, an administrator in the School of Nursing who has taken an active role in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the medical center and greater university community in his ten years here. Read more...

Dr. Kathi HeffnerKathi Heffner Appointed Associate Chief of Research for Geriatrics

The SON associate professor will oversee the partnership between the Division of Geriatrics and Aging and SON to help strengthen geriatrics research and collaboration with researchers across the University. Dr. Heffner was a 2014-15 participant in the Developing from WithinExploring and Enhancing Choices for Mid-Career Women in Academic Medicine, offered through the Office for Inclusion and Culture Development. Read more...



Transgender Health and Wellness 2018
Monday, April 9, 2018 | 7:30am-3:15pm
Class of '62 Auditorium and Flaum Atrium
Keynote Speakers:

Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MDDr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould
2016-19 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar
Medical Director, The Gender Wellness Center
Susquehanna Family Practice

Rev. Moonhawk River StoneRev. Moonhawk River Stone, MS, LMHC
Principal, River Stone Consulting


Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 12:00-1:00pm | Class of '62 Auditorium (1-9425)

Annual Paul M. Schyve MD Center for Bioethics
(Part of the Diversity Seminar Series)
Ethics, Public Policy, and Pharmaceutical Pricing

Guest Lecturer:
Paul Menzel, PhD
Professor Emeritus and Faculty Fellow
Expert in Biomedical Ethics and Philosophy & Health Policy
Department of Philosophy
Pacific Lutheran University

In conceiving of an ethically justified price for a lifesaving or disability preventing drug, three considerations compete for dominance: the relative value of health benefit, recouping legitimate costs, and what the market will bear. Dr. Menzel will discuss the challenges inherent in this complicated process.

Sponsors: URMC Office for Inclusion and Culture Development and the Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics

Register for this workshop. You may direct any questions to the Office for Inclusion and culture Development.

Check out our calendar to find other coming events.