Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Medical students.

In the Department of Medicine, diversity and inclusion are centered around building intentional, meaningful and sustainable bridges across differing backgrounds, communities and schools of thought. We are working to create equity and impactful strides that reverberate not only within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, but also into the depths of medicine on a global level.

We believe that it is imperative to uplift, uphold and celebrate those who are within our own community, with the goal to create a space for the voices, ingenuity and ultimately, the success of our underrepresented faculty. Having notable speakers from top-tier institutions, outreach programs that cross nations, and programs to come, will continue to build opportunity to build a brighter and more inclusive future.

We recognize that an effective, cohesive and productive unit requires a diverse team that, through their landscape of talents and skills, bring unique and critical lenses and experiences to the table. We will strive toward fostering a climate of collaboration and mutual respect, a sense of accomplishment and appreciation, promote knowledge, skills, and best practices, and maintain a safe space where every voice can be heard.

Upcoming Events

  • June 2022: Racial Disparities in Healthcare

    Judy Yee.

    Judy Yee, MD, FACR, is the University Chair of Radiology at Montefiore and Professor of Radiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She received her medical degree and completed a residency from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, She was then recruited as faculty at UCSF, where she became Professor and Vice Chair of Radiology. She also served as the Chief of Radiology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Dr. Yee was awarded Honorary Fellow of the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology in 2019, the sole recipient from the USA to receive this honor. She is the Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the New York State Radiological Society.

  • September 2022: A Community Centered Research Approach to Addressing Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes

    Lucy Spalluto.

    Lucy Spalluto, MD, MPH, graduated from University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed a residency at Brown University and a fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She currently serves as an Associate Professor at VUMC. Dr. Spalluto leads an active research program focused on addressing health disparities, designing health equity focused learning materials for healthcare professionals, and mentoring residents and medical students in health equity. She is the Vice Chair of Health Equity, Director of Women in Radiology, and Associate Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Radiology. She serves on the American College of Radiology's Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care and Commission for Women and Diversity, and as the President of the American Association for Women in Radiology (AAWR).

  • December 2022: Microaggressions: How Do They Impact the Academic Environment for Health Professions Trainees

    Darin Latimore.

    Darin Latimore, MD, obtained his medical degree and completed a residency in internal medicine at University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He served as the associate dean for student and resident diversity, associate program director for the UC Davis internal medicine residency program and as the inaugural director of medical student diversity at UC Davis. He was then recruited to Yale School of Medicine where he currently serves as the inaugural Deputy Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine and Discrimination and Harrassment Coordinator, Office of the President. 

Diversity Statement

The Department of Medicine is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment in every aspect of medical education, employment, and clinical practice.  All individuals have the right to expect mutual respect and acceptance.  We believe that diversity enriches us all, and we are committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment where all individuals are able succeed and thrive.

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