diversity and community dermatology

Harvard Medical School Diversity Statement
Harvard Medical School is committed to convening and nurturing a diverse community of individuals dedicated to promoting excellence and leadership in medicine and science through education, research, clinical care and service. Our unique perspectives, talents, experiences and contributions as HMS students, trainees, faculty, staff and administrators are the foundation and drivers of our excellence.

In this video (link below), trainees and program leaders describe their experiences with diversity, Harvard-affiliated training programs, and life in Boston.
https://hms.harvard.edu/news-events/multimedia/training-harvard-hospital-

Diverse clinical dermatology experiences:
* Barbara McInnis House/Boston Healthcare for the Homeless ProgramOutpatient and inpatient dermatologic care of undomiciled patients.
BWH Cutaneous Sarcoidosis and Granulomatous Diseases Clinic. 
* BWH Multicultural Dermatology ProgramDermatology care to patients with darker skin, including patients of Asian, African American, Arab and Hispanic backgrounds.
BWH Vitiligo Clinic: Dermatology care to patients with vitiligo.
* Cambridge Health AllianceDermatology care in a neighborhood clinic setting with an ethnically and racially diverse population.
* Fenway Health Center: Dermatology care with an emphasis on the care of members of the LGBTQ community.
* Hansen Clinic at Lahey: Clinic focused on the care of patients with leprosy
* MGH Multi-Ethnic Skin and Pigmentary clinic: Clinic addressing the unique needs of patients with pigmentary disorders and darker skin tones.
* MGH Multi-Ethnic Skin Laser Clinic: Laser and procedural clinic addressing the unique needs of patients with pigmentary disorders and darker skin tones.
* MGH Chelsea Health Center and BIDMC ChelseaDermatology care in a neighborhood clinic setting with an ethnically diverse population.
* VA Clinic, West Roxbury: Outpatient and inpatient care of veterans.

Outreach opportunities:
* AAD SPOTT Skin Cancer Screening:  A number of skin screening clinics are coordinated throughout the year, geared toward providing this service to underserved and diverse populations.
Navajo Reservation, Shiprock NM:  One to two-week clinical experience providing dermatological care to this underserved population.
* Project Phoenix: Pro bono tattoo removal for individuals leaving gang culture.
South End Health Center: Pediatric dermatology care of an underserved population.
* Telehealth at Cambridge Health Alliance.

Global health opportunities:
* AAD/Botswana Service Activity 
* Global Health Initiative in Kenya
* Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Clinic (VAC) 
* Opportunity for self-initiated projects
Elective opportunity each year of residency that can be resident-designed

Didactic curriculum:
Our didactic curriculum includes lectures that explore topics such as cultural competency, caring for individuals of different backgrounds, and recognizing and addressing biases in medicine.

 Mentoring Opportunities:
* Biomedical Sciences Careers Program
Biennial conference mentoring students interested in biomedical sciences from high school to graduate level
* MGH Youth Scholars
Longitudinal program that introduces health careers to gifted inner city high school students. 

Resources:
*Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity and Community Partnership

*Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion
*Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Office for Diversity, Inclusion and Career Advancement
*Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion
*Boston Children’s Hospital Diversity and Inclusion

Opportunities for students:
Medical students
*Harvard Medical school Visiting Clerkship Program
Provides support for fourth-year and qualified third-year medical students from groups underrepresented in medicine for a clinical rotation at Harvard Medical School
*Harvard Medical School Visiting Research Internship Program
Eight-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical students' interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers
*AAD diversity mentorship program
Offers hands-on exposure to students who are interested in learning more about the specialty of dermatology through a one-on-one mentorship experience with a dermatologist of the student's choice
*Dermatology Foundation Diversity Research Supplement Award
Support under-represented minority medical student in depth participation in existing project with a Dermatology Foundation Award Recipient Faculty
*Biomedical Sciences Careers Program
Biannual conference mentoring students interested in biomedical sciences from high school to graduate level

College Students  
High School Students

 

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