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.
Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2007-2013
Program Completed: 1983
As Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Bigby served in the cabinet of Governor Deval L. Patrick and directed 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 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. Dr. Bigby's work focused on the health care of low-income and minority women.
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.
Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, University of Miami
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of Division of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Miami Health System
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’s research has remained focused on understanding and addressing health disparities. 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 Healthcare Equity. 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 networks.
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.
Associate 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. He examines the impact of psychosocial factors, such as social support, on heart failure outcomes. Dr. Durant received an American Heart Association Career Development Award and has 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 has participated 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
LeRoi S. Hicks, M.D., M.P.H.
Hugh R. Sharp Jr. Chair of Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Newark DE
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Program Completed: 2001
Dr. Hicks is nationally known for his research on health care disparities. Dr. Hicks has served on several national committees including the National Council of the Society of General Internal Medicine and Board of Scientific Counselors to the National Library of Medicine. He has been a National Institutes of Health grant reviewer, and an editor and reviewer for multiple medical journals. He is past chair of the Minorities in Medicine Interest Group of the Society of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Hicks received his M.D. from Indiana University and completed his M.P.H. from the Harvard T.H. Chan 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 LeHicks@ChristianaCare.org.
Quyen Ngo-Metzger, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Clinical Professor, University of California-Irvine School of Medicine
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.
Thomas D. Sequist, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Quality and Safety Officer, Partners HealthCare
Associate Professor in Medicine and Health Care Policy Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
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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