The program is particularly interested in applications from individuals from underrepresented minority groups. Many research projects conducted by the
faculty focus on the care of minority and other underserved populations. Harvard Medical School and each of the participating sites are equal opportunity
Resources at Harvard Medical School for Minority Applicants
Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership
The mission of the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) is to advance diversity inclusion in health, biomedical, behavioral,
and STEM fields that build individual and institutional capacity to achieve excellence, foster innovation, and ensure equity in health locally, nationally, and globally.
Minority Faculty Development Program
In May of 1990, the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Faculty Council unanimously approved the creation of the Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP).
MFDP is designed to support the career development of junior faculty and to address crucial pipeline issues. This includes:
- Increasing the pool of minority students interested in careers in science and medicine
- Promoting medical students, graduate students, and fellows to develop the needed skills for success in the academic arena
- Advancing the career development of junior faculty
JudyAnn Bigby, M.D.
Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Program Completed: 1983
As Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Bigby serves in the cabinet of Governor Deval L. Patrick and oversees 16 state agencies, including the
state Medicaid program. She was responsible for implementing many of the reforms passed in Massachusetts’ 2006 landmark health care bill. As Secretary
she has made access to high quality health care and affordability a top priority, implementing Medicaid policies to support the delivery of primary care
and integration of health and human services.
Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Dr. Bigby was the Director of Community Health Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She also served as the
Director of the Harvard Medical School Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Bigby's work focused on the health
care of low-income and minority women. She is working with public health officials, community health centers and other community based organizations to
explore models of care for disadvantaged women, to identify ways to overcome barriers to care, and to decrease racial disparities in health status and
health access particularly in breast and cervical cancer and infant mortality. She is the editor of the book Cross-Cultural Medicine.
Dr. Bigby is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Medical School. She completed a primary care internal medicine residency at the University of
Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle and was a Henry J. Kaiser Fellow in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's
Hospital. She is the recipient of honorary degrees from Lesley University, Pine Manor College and the New England School of Law.
Dr. Bigby served as President of the Society of General Internal Medicine from 2003-2004. She is on the Board of the National Quality Forum and the Editorial
Board of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
If you would like to talk to Dr. Bigby about her experience as a Fellow, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, University of Miami
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine
Program Completed: 1997
Dr. Carrasquillo is a Puerto Rican born physician who for twelve years, was a faculty member at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons
where he was director of their NIH funded P60 Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research and also director of the Primary Care Fellowship Program.
In Miami Dr. Carrasquillo is leading two large federal studies. One is aimed at reducing disparities in cervical cancer among minority women and another
is aimed examining the effectiveness of community health workers among Latino patients with diabetes. His research has been published in a variety of
journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health.
Dr. Carrasquillo is a co-founder and Vice-president of Latinos for National Health Insurance. He is often called upon by the media to discuss his research
as well as health care topics of particular relevance to the Hispanic community including being a frequent guest on most of the major Latino television
If you would like to talk to Dr. Carrasquillo about his experience as a Fellow, please contact him at OCarrasquillo@med.miami.edu
Raegan W. Durant, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Preventive Medicine
Department of Medicine University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine Birmingham
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Program Completed: 2006
Dr. Durant's research focuses primarily on health disparities among minority populations with chronic disease. Currently, he is examining the impact of
psychosocial factors, such as social support, on heart failure outcomes cohorts. Dr. Durant is the principal investigator on an American Heart Association
Career Development Award, which funds his use of quantitative and qualitative methods to explore relationships among race, social support, self-care and
hospital use for heart failure in a racially diverse, local population of heart failure patients. He has also been the recipient of funding from the NHLBI
to study the influence of patients' trust in physicians on blood pressure control among persons receiving treatment of hypertension in a national cohort.
Dr. Durant also has an interest in examining trends in minority participation in clinical research. Building on work done during his fellowship, Dr. Durant
is currently participating in a multisite consortium to study barriers and facilitators to minority trial participation and to identify best practices
for recruitment and retention of racial and ethnic minorities in oncology clinical trials.
If you would like to talk to Dr. Durant about his experience as a Fellow, please contact him at email@example.com
LeRoi S. Hicks, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine, UMass Memorial Medical Center
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Program Completed: 2001
Dr. Hicks’s research is related to three areas: (1) The effects of patients’ racial and cultural background on the treatment and clinical outcomes of
chronic disease; (2) the development and assessment of interventions aimed at improving quality of medical care and the reduction of disparities in care;
and (3) community-based participatory research to identify and address healthcare disparities. In addition to his research roles, Dr. Hicks is past chair
of the Minorities in Medicine Interest Group of the Society of General Internal Medicine and is co-Director of the Health Disparities Program and co-Leader
of the Community Health Innovation and Research Program’s Safety Net Research Infrastructure Initiative for the Harvard Catalyst. Dr. Hicks received his
M.D. from Indiana University and completed his M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Hicks received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development award in 2002.
If you would like to talk to Dr. Hicks about his experience as a Fellow, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quyen Ngo-Metzger, MD, MPH
Branch Chief, Office of Quality and Data, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health
Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Associate Clinical Professor, University of California-Irvine School of Medicine
As an Associate Professor at UC Irvine, Dr. Ngo-Metzger’s research program has focused on racial/ethnic health disparities among Latino and Asian patients
with language barriers. As part of this work she was one of the first investigators to examine optimal ways to collect data among limited-English speakers,
and has developed rigorous research protocols to achieve equivalent cultural and linguistic comparability across different languages. She has been the
Principal Investigator on several studies to prevent obesity and diabetes among minority populations, funded by the National Institutes of Health and
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition, she has been PI on several grants from the Commonwealth Fund aimed at understanding the role of culture
and language in health and healthcare. Other research areas of interests include health disparities in depression screening and treatment in primary care.
As Data Branch Chief in the Bureau of Primary Health Care at HRSA, Dr. Ngo-Metzger’s current work involves collecting and evaluating clinical quality
of care data for approximately 18 million patients seen at federally-qualified community health centers.
Thomas D. Sequist, M.D., M.P.H.
Fellowship Site Director
Associate Professor in Medicine and Health Care Policy Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Director of Research, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Program Completed: 2004
Dr. Sequist’s research agenda focuses on three areas: 1) Native American health care, 2) ambulatory quality improvement strategies, and 3) the intersection
between quality of care and health disparities. He has worked extensively with the leadership of the Indian Health Service to study quality of care and
access to care for Native Americans. Dr. Sequist is also actively involved in the organization of federally funded randomized quality improvement trials
in the outpatient setting. These trials evaluate a spectrum of strategies including electronic medical records, decision support tools, disease registries,
organizational change, and patient education to improve care for chronic diseases including diabetes, coronary heart disease, and chronic kidney disease,
as well as preventive services such as cancer screening. Dr. Sequist is also actively working on understanding the complex relationship between quality
improvement activities and racial disparities in care, using diabetes as a model.
Dr. Sequist is committed to improving the health of Native Americans through mentorship and volunteerism. He has served for over 15 years as the Director
of the Four Directions Summer Research Program at Harvard Medical School, offering American Indian undergraduate students a summer research experience,
career advice, and long term mentoring. He is also the Medical Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Physician Volunteer Program, which sends physician
volunteers to the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Reservation, providing clinical care and teaching.
Dr. Sequist has served as a Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine and as a standing member of the Health Care Quality and Effectiveness
Study Section for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Sequist received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty
Development award in 2004.
If you would like to talk to Dr. Sequist about his experience as a Fellow, please contact him at email@example.com
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