Social Justice and Equity Award

GME is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that supports the development of all residents and fellows and elimination of health care disparities that undermine the quality of patient care.

These aspirational goals can be accomplished through efforts by students, postgraduate trainees, faculty members and staff throughout UB and its affiliated hospitals and clinics.   

For example:

  • The Department of Pediatrics launched a curriculum to confront racism and develop advocacy skills.
  • The Jacobs School Admissions Committee requires training for all members on reducing unconscious bias as well as conducting holistic reviews.
  • The Annual GME Resident and Fellow Survey added additional questions on bias, mistreatment and burnout.
  • Medical students are currently engaged in projects including:
    • required pre-matriculation course on the history of racism in medicine
    • expansion of the “Health in the Neighborhood” course that engages community members and students in discussions about health care
    • expansion of COVID-19 vaccination into communities with low vaccination rates
    • curriculum development on LGBTQ+ health care

Award Criteria

Recipients will be expected to present work to the Graduate Medical Education Committee and Program Directors Advisory Committee. They are encouraged to also submit a poster for the annual Celebration of Scholarship.

Project submissions must include:

  1. Statement of the problem to be addressed
  2. Specific goals and objectives ( e.g. specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound)
  3. Anticipated outcomes
  4. Methods
  5. Identification of a mentor with commitment and expertise to support the effort
  6. Timeline for implementation
  7. Support letters from residency/fellowship program director and mentor 
  8. Support letter from an institutional leader(s) if needed for successful implementation of the project

Funding Details

Graduate Medical Education will provide up to five awards of $2,000 that will go directly to residents or fellows who design and begin implementation of projects that will support an inclusive, supportive learning environment or improve health care equity.


  • call for nominations open
  • completed application packets are due to the office of Graduate Medical Education via the online submission form
  • we notify award recipients


Fazeelah Ibrahim, MD MS Family Medicine Refugee Health Advocacy Day
Demetra McILwain, MD Family Medicine The Development of the First Obstetric Concentration within the University at Buffalo Family Medicine Residency
Huma Baqir, MBBS Psychiatry LGBTQ Mental Health: Initiating and Developing a Curriculum for Psychiatry Residents

Einas Batarseh, MD

Mazen Jizzini, MD 

Anthony Khoury, DO

Internal Medicine/ Preventiative Medicine   Multi-faceted Strategies to Address the Barriers to Health Care Disparity in Colorectal Cancer Screening (CRC): Quality Improvement Project

Samantha Eng, MD

Wajiha Jeelani, MBBS

Pediatrics Diaper Bank at Broadway and Niagara Street Pediatrics

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