Diversity at the University of Chicago

Diversity is not only an ideal to which we strive, but a core institutional value at the University of Chicago.

We are dedicated to creating an environment where people of different backgrounds feel valued and where their ideas and contributions can flourish. While the University has made significant strides in creating a more inclusive campus, there is still much work to be done.

We promise to remain vigilant and dedicated—ceaselessly working to identify and remove barriers to full participation. For our efforts to be successful, this work needs to happen at a grassroots level and an institutional one.

To see how efforts across the Biological Science Division to support a more inclusive climate and to increase and support diversity in science and medicine are tracking, take a look at the 2019 BSD Diversity & Inclusion Impact Report.
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In the fall of 2017, the University renewed its commitment to attracting the best minds across all disciplines and modes of inquiry by launching the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative.

To support and further this work, they have developed a strategic approach, in concert with University leadership, engaged key offices and launched key initiatives—all of which provides the necessary framework for ongoing, systemic, and lasting change.

You can read about it on their website.

If you are interested in issues related to diversity or an interested minority applicant we welcome your questions.

Please feel free to contact us by email at imr@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu.

House Staff Diversity Committee

The House Staff Diversity Committee is a multi-specialty group of housestaff who are dedicated to cultivating a culture that fosters a sense of unity and mentorship for under-represented minority (URM) trainees in medicine.

Housestaff from the Internal Medicine Program have participated in numerous past events, including financial advising forums, faculty round table discussions, social events, community volunteering, and mentorship.

Visit their website for more information.

iMIND: An Internal Medicine Resident Led Initiative to Address Inequities in Medicine

iMIND is one of our teaching conferences that discusses the importance of improving diversity in training programs, support for trainees that are underrepresented in medicine and engagement with the local community. It also describes possible interventions for improving diversity in recruitment, creating an inclusive residency environment and improving education on diversity equity and inclusion.

Read our full statement about the University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency Program’s commitment to address racism here.

Research Supplement for Underrepresented Minorities

As part of ongoing efforts to facilitate access to our academic medical center by candidates of color, we are pleased to help raise awareness of this program announced by the NIH in 1989. As stated in the program announcement, it “was established to address the need to increase the number of underrepresented minority scientist participating in biomedical research and the health related sciences”.

A large number of researchers in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago hold grants that are eligible for this administrative supplement. With respect to candidates for residency training, the supplement is ideally suited for 3rd and 4th year medical students (Pritzker or visiting) to support short-term projects here at the University of Chicago designed to promote exposure to health-related research.

If you require further information or wish to be put in touch with physician-scientists here at the University of Chicago with a particular area of interest please contact Dr. John McConville, Program Director, University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency Training Program.