Message from Associate Dean Butts, MD

Achieving Diversity and Inclusion in science and medicine is an ongoing challenge for medical schools in the US. Despite the increasingly diverse communities that we serve, according to recent data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), only about 13 percent of students and 7 percent of faculty members in medical schools are from groups underrepresented in medicine. While improving diversity in schools of medicine is important, even more challenging is to realize the benefits of that a diverse student body and faculty bring.

The responsibilities for increasing diversity at Icahn School of Medicine (MSSM) are led by the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) and shared among the senior leadership. Building on a 40-year-old foundation of educational pipeline programs, the CMCA provides programs and initiatives that span the educational and training gradient from junior high school through medical school and faculty. These efforts have supported substantial increases in diversity among our medical student body and our faculty over the past decade, making Mount Sinai one of the most diverse schools of medicine in the nation. The CMCA also facilitates research on issues related to minority communities and supports interest and partnerships with our community for students and faculty. It is recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a Center of Excellence for Minority Health and its efforts were instrumental in MSSM receiving the AAMC Spencer Foreman Award for Service to the Community in 2009.

Diversity in medicine and research is an important driver for institutional excellence, making our outstanding institution even stronger. Our programs in CMCA support every aspect of the MSSM mission – clinical care, research, and education and are very much aligned with our commitment to ensuring access to educational opportunities for individuals from underserved communities.

We invite you to learn more about the unique programs we provide, which reflect our commitment to diversity, academic excellence, and, ultimately, to support improving health equity.