Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council
Our goals are:
To provide a comprehensive array of diversity initiatives designed to sensitize trainees and faculty members to multicultural issues.
To ensure students, residents and attending physicians provide culturally sensitive care.
- To create an environment of inclusion that welcomes and supports people of varying backgrounds.
Outreach and Recruitment Activities
McGaw Residency Showcase
Diversity Council Hosts Dr. David Wilkes for MGR and Noon Conference
His Medical Grand Rounds talk focused on translational research on chronic lung disease and lung transplantation. During the highly attended noon conference, Dr. Wilkes talked to faculty, fellows, residents, students, and staff about how to develop a career in academic internal medicine.
Dr. Wilkes joins us from Indiana University School of Medicine where he is Director of the Center for Immunobiology and Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs. Dr. Wilkes received his MD and internal medicine training at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA followed by fellowship training in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at UT-Southwestern, remaining on faculty there until 1992.
Dr. Wilkes has established himself as a leader in the field of lung transplant immunobiology while also dedicating himself to the mentorship of trainees serving as PI for both an institutional T32 NIH training grant as well as an NIH-funded T35 grant to support the mentorship of minority students in the field of biomedical research. He has mentored over 20 physician-scientists, serving as Co-PI on multiple NIH career development awards, and is the current director of the Physician Scientist Initiative at Indiana University, a $60-million grant to support the recruitment and development of physician-scientists.
Diversity Seminar with Chicago Area Medical Students
The Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Resident & Fellow Forum (NMURFF) hosted a seminar for medical students in all years of training from Student National Medical Association and Latino Medical Student Association chapters from all Chicago medical schools. It was an open forum for students to ask questions about residency including: the application process; how to prepare applications; how to seek mentorship prior to and during residency; and what to expect during life as a resident. Hosting this unique seminar allows NU to stand out among other Chicago-area programs. According to Dr. Keenan Hawkins, co-chair of the Department of Medicine's Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council, "I am sure that the students left with an incredible amount of insight that they did not already have." Internal Medicine residents Rachel Issaka, Ike Okwuosa, Tonye Teme, and Lakiea Wright along with faculty members Stevie Mazyck, Keenan Hawkins, and Peter Sporn were in attendance.
Diversity Council Meeting with Dr. Andrea Reid
Dr. Andrea Reid is a prominent academic hepatologist and national leader in the areas of health disparities in liver transplantation as well as hepatitis C. Until recently, she was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Harvard Medical School and GI Fellowship Program Director at Massachusetts General Hospital. During her time at MGH, she was the recipient of several awards for teaching and mentorship, including the Excellence in Mentoring of Under-represented Minorities Award from Harvard Medical School.
She distinguished herself as a leader and advocate for under-represented minorities on both the local and national level, including her continued service for several years as Chair of the Committee on Under-represented Minorities for the American Gastroenterological Association. Recently, her husband accepted a job "he couldn't refuse" in Washington, DC, and she has transitioned with him and their three children. She currently serves as a hepatologist at the Washington, DC Veteran's Affairs Hospital.
The council meeting was an informal session for faculty, residents, and fellows with the objective of providing an opportunity for all attendees to learn from Dr. Reid's experiences and accomplishements.
Diversity Council Meeting with Dr. Clyde Yancy
Other recent Diversity Council sponsored lectures:
Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, MD, Chief, Section of Digestive Diseases (VA-Connecticut Healthcare System) "Cirrhosis and Its Complications"
Pedro Avila, MD, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine) "Mechanism of Asthma Exacerbations"
Yvonne Romero, MD (Mayo Clinic) “Overcoming barriers to a career in academic medicine: a personal account”
Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH (John’s Hopkins School of Public Health), DOM Grand Rounds "Sleep loss: A risk factor for obesity and diabetes"
Harvey Feinberg, MD, Ph.D (Harvard School of Public Health), DOM Grand Rounds "Efficiency and Quality in Health Care"
Valerie Stone, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, "Optimizing Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV/AIDS"
Floyd Malveaux, MD, PhD, Howard University, "Morbidity of Asthma in the Medically Underserved"
James Earl King Hildreth, MD, PhD, Director, Comprehensive Center for Health Disparities Research in HIV, Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine, "Chemical Condoms for AIDS Prophylaxis: A Novel Approach Based on Cholesterol Sequestration"
Articles of Interest:
- Visiting Clerkship Diversity Scholarship for M4s - Diversity Scholarship Application
- Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Minority and Cultural Affairs
- Feinberg School of Medicine Diversity
- Northwestern SNMA chapter information
- Diversity at Northwestern Memorial Hospital