Diversity in the Residency Program

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Welcome!  The Internal Medicine Residency Program at UC San Diego is committed to training and supporting physicians from all backgrounds. Please join us at an upcoming event!

Mission Statement: To promote the increased recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse medical professionals including internal medicine interns, residents and faculty from underrepresented minority groups within the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine.


  • July 20, 2017
    • Supporting Diversity in Medicine Introduction Dinner for new URIM Internal Medicine interns – with Dr. Castellanos and Carlos Lago-Hernandez, PGY2

  • September 27, 2017 at 5pm-7pm, MET Learning Center 145
    • Diversity in Medicine Lecture Series, “Disparities in Coronary Heart Disease and Cardiac Rehabilitation Amongst Racial and Ethnic Groups”, Dr. Luis Castellanos
    • Dr. Castellanos will discuss his journey to medicine, and share his expertise in health disparities. RSVP HERE


  • October 10, 2017 at 6pm-9:30pm, MET Learning Center 141
    • Advancing Diversity in Medicine with Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo
    • Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS is the Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair in Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine. She is the Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity in the UCSF School of Medicine, and she directs the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, a research center focused on discovery, implementation, policy, advocacy, and community engagement for communities at risk for poor health and inadequate healthcare. She is the Director of the CTSI Clinical and Translational Science Training (CTST) Programs.
      Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo
  • October 12, 2017 at 5pm-7pm, Faculty Club Seuss Library Room: 
    • UCSD Medicine Diversity Mixer for medical students (SNMA, LMSA, LGBTQ), medicine residents, fellows and faculty
  • October 18, 2017 at 4-6pm, Audrey Geisel University House
    • Faculty of Color Reception
    • “This is an opportunity to welcome new faculty of color, reconnect with colleagues, and celebrate our collective achievements. The evening will include enlightening talks from Professor Marisa Abrejano – Political Science and Professor JoAnn Trejo – Pharmacology, reflecting on what it means for faculty of color to thrive in Academia and sharing highlights from their pathway to becoming leading scholars.”
    • RSVP by October 11th to r6ayala@ucsd.edu, Rosalynn Ayala
  • October 25, 2017 
    • Advancing Diversity in Medicine with Dr. Neil Powe
    • Neil Powe, MD, MPH, MBA, Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Constance B. Wofsky Distinguished Professor, Vice-Chair of Medicine at UCSF, and Chief of Medical Services at San Francisco General Hospital. He is chair of the National Advisory Committee of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and recipient of the John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research from the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association for Clinical Research Training. Dr. Powe is also a member of the Executive Committee and Advisory Board for the Center for Health And Risk in Minority youth and adults (CHARM), which is an NIH/NIMHD funded comprehensive center of excellence for addressing disparities and chronic disease prevention in minority youth and young adults.
      Dr. Neil Powe


  • UCSD Internal Medicine Diversity Days for Residency Applicants – 10/30, 10/31, 11/2, 11/27, 11/28, 11/30
    • Luis R. Castellanos, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Director of Diversity in Medicine, will be in attendance, and our underrepresented in medicine residents will present morning conference, lead tours, and be available for questions throughout the day. 
    • Dr. Luis R. Castellanos appointed Director of Diversity in Medicine


  • November 2, 2017
    • "What Fueled me to be First?" First-Gen Forum and Mixer for UC San Diego's First-Generation Faculty, Staff & Students 
    • SSC Multipurpose Room
    • RSVP here: http://bit.ly/ucsdfirstgenNov2
    • During this session, we will hear from faculty and staff panel members who will share their first-generation college student stories. A huge component of this initiative is an interactive mixer, in which we are encouraging first-generation college students to connect with a first-generation staff or faculty member. We encourage each of you to attend so that many of our UC San Diego students have a First-Generation faculty member to speak with
  • November 8, 2017
    • How Immigration Policy Affects Health and Human Rights
    • 6:00-7:30pm. Refreshments will be served at 5:30pm
    • UC San Diego Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room, 1st Floor
    • U.S. immigration policies and their enforcement are in flux. Meanwhile, uncertainty, deportation fears and prolonged detentions take a toll on the physical and mental health of immigrants and refugees, and affect their access to healthcare.At this critical time, we invite you to a discussion of these issues and the actions organizations are taking to improve the lives and health of these vulnerable populations. Q & A session follows.
    • The panel includes:
      • David FitzGerald, PhD - Professor of Sociology, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC San Diego
      • Nicole Ramos, Esq. – Director, Border Rights Project, Al Otro Lado
      • James Dell, Esq. - President, Professional Alliance for Children
      • Fernando Mendoza, MD - Associate Dean of Minority Advising and Programs and Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University
    • Space is limited - please RSVP at https://immigrationhealthhumanrights.eventbrite.com
    • Facebook Page: http://tinyurl.com/y6wun2jv

  • November 10-12, 2017
    • SNMA 2017 Region 1 Medical Education Conference, Seattle WA
      SNMA 2017


  • December 9, 2017
  • On December 9th, Dr. Rodney Hood invited medical students, residents, and faculty to his home for a diversity reception! This event intended to build community among underrepresented in medicine (URiM) undergraduate students, medical students, residents and faculty, as well as those interested in URiM efforts.  Dr. Hood is an alumnus of the UCSD School of Medicine and Internal Medicine residency program. He was the former president of the National Medical Association (the physician branch of SNMA), and is the current president of the Multicultural Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on eliminating health inequities among underserved communities. He has a private practice in southeastern San Diego, where he cares for African American and Latino patients.

 Dr. Hood's Reception




  • April 6, 2018
    • LMSA Conference - West Region
    • Trip to LMSA West Regional Conference at UCLA

On-going Events:

  • 2017-18 - Collaboration with UCSD Health Government and Community Affairs
  • Bi-monthly meetings with UCSD Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Council
  • Participation in regional conferences, for example, HMS Conference on Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice, which provides the opportunity to meet with diverse students from across the country
  • Collaboration with educators and URiM students from Imperial Valley


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To see more posts about how we celebrate diversity, please visit the 
Resident's Website and search the "Diversity" category.
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