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Office for Inclusion and Culture

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 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
Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture 

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Time for the annual call for nominations for the SMD Faculty Diversity Award.  The award was established in 2013 to recognize the exceptional contributions and accomplishments of medical school faculty whose efforts foster a diverse and inclusive medical school community. 

Review the URSMD Faculty Diversity Award link URSMD-Faculty-Diversity-Award-Information for eligibility requirements and the nomination process. Nominations will be accepted through June 21, 2019. Please send nominations to Princess_Fame@urmc.rochester.edu

Rizk Jones Poster SessionPaul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics Summer Medical Student Fellows 

Nina Rizk, MS2 and Shaunpaul Jones, MS2 present their research poster "Forum Theater: A Teaching Tool for Creating Appropriate Responses to the Racist Patient" at the 2018 Medical Student Poster Session. Read more...                                                                          

Nominations for the 2019 URSMD Faculty Diversity Award will be announced in Spring 2019.

Time for the annual call for nominations for the SMD Faculty Diversity Award.  The award was established in 2013 to recognize the exceptional contributions and accomplishments of medical school faculty whose efforts foster a diverse and inclusive medical school community. 

Review the URSMD Faculty Diversity Award link URSMD-Faculty-Diversity-Award-Information for eligibility requirements and the nomination process. Nominations will be accepted through June 21, 2019. Please send nominations to Princess_Fame@urmc.rochester.edu

Please contact Dr. Linda Chaudron with any questions.

Program Helps Local Youth 'STEP' up to Medicine

Sometimes it just takes one day at a medical center to inspire a teenager to go into medicine. Other times, it confirms that it’s not for them. No matter the path, one longstanding program at the School of Medicine and Dentistry is giving local middle and high school students the opportunity to decide for themselves.

“It’s a win win either way,” says Adrienne Morgan, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Medical Education Diversity and Inclusion and director of the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), a state grant-funded program for students who are economically disadvantaged or from backgrounds historically underrepresented in medicine.

This summer, 60 STEP students in grades 7-12 spent four weeks learning everything from Narcan training, to basic first aid, triaging and wilderness medicine training. Their preparation culminated in a simulated emergency response drill to apply these skills.

Since the program began in the 1970s, hundreds of students from Monroe County have come through STEP. Morgan says it’s become a successful pipeline that has not only increased the diversity pool of clinicians who now practice at URMC but inspired many alumni to pursue other non-MD roles like nurses, PA’s, technologists and researchers, to name a few.

Owen Tolbert, who is entering his freshman year at the University of Rochester in the fall, was a STEP student for two years and returned this summer to work as a project assistant. “When I first started STEP I wanted to be exposed to what the field of medicine had to offer, and a lot of it was clinical work treating patients,” said Owen. “The nice thing about the program is the emphasis on the Biopsychosocial Model of Medicine, which looks at the big picture and what other factors affect them, and that’s what really influenced what I want to do now.”

He was accepted into the Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS) program, which fast-tracks undergraduates into medical school after earning their bachelor’s degree.  He decided to major in biology and economics, and will decide later whether medical school is for him.

In addition to the summer program, STEP is also offered for students during the academic year. For this, students come two Saturdays a month to get personalized instruction from medical students. Many participants also spend time in research labs working on projects.

Morgan says STEP is launching a new branch – STEP 4 – for its most advanced students looking for opportunities to do more in-depth research and training at URMC. This could be in a research lab or in a department where they can be a transporter or tech, so they can get perspective on potential careers.

“We’re really looking for more faculty members to help with placements so students can get research or employment opportunities, especially as we go into the STEP 4 phase,” said Morgan. “Our network and our pool of volunteers is going to have to be much bigger.”

And it’s not just about faculty. Exposing students to non-MD career opportunities is just as important, Morgan explained.

“If you want to come talk about your job, your career path and your life story, we’d be interested in that. We realize that not everybody is going to be a clinician but maybe they want to become a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, or a nurse, for example. We want students to be aware of all the opportunities available to them within the health care profession.”

Want to know how you can help? Email Adrienne_Morgan@urmc.rochester.edu to pitch your idea. If you know a student who may want to apply to the program click here for more information.

Published on July 22, 2019

 

 

 

 

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