CMCA's Commitment to Diversity
In 1998, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai established the Office for Multicultural and Community Affairs (OMCA) to reinforce Icahn School of Medicine's commitment to Diversity. Successful accomplishments through this office led to prestigious awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) and Center of Excellence (COE) awards in 1999 and 2002 respectively. Subsequently, the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) was created to further expand and reinforce Icahn School of Medicine efforts to cultivate diversity among its students, trainees, and faculty.
Building on Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's Diversity Programs
For more than thirty years, Icahn School of Medicine has offered programs for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to obtain early exposure and advance towards careers in health and science. The Secondary Education Through Health (SETH) was established at Icahn School of Medicine in 1974. With HCOP support, Mount Sinai's Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE), created in 1988, has worked with a cross section of public high schools, colleges, and other youth organizations in Manhattan and the Bronx to implement academic year and summer internship and educational programs in science, nursing, and allied health fields. Since then, Icahn School of Medicine and the CMCA have helped more than 10,000 disadvantaged students benefit from the CEYE's programs.
Strides in Institutional Workforce Diversity
Institutional Diversity: In 2012, the Dean established the Diversity Council (DC), a committee of the Dean's Office to advance recruitment and retention of faculty members from groups underrepresented in medicine and science and to nurture and sustain an inclusive environment. The DC is co-chaired by Drs. Gary Butts and Elizabeth Howell.
Research Workforce Diversity: In 2008, the Dean established the Diversity in Biomedical Research Committee DBRC (formerly known as the Minority Health Research Committee), a standing committee of the Dean’s Office, charged to work on policy and specific activities focused on diversity in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. In 2014, the DBRC was restructured as a "Council" of leaders in diversity in pipeline programs, recruitment/retention, and clinical research. The co-chairs, Basil Hanss, PhD and Reginald Miller, DVM work closely with CMCA to expand the diversity of the research faculty and students to further research on minority health and health disparities.
Diversity Leadership Committee (DLC)
Chaired by Michael L. Marin, MD, the priority of the Diversity Leadership Committee is to advise and assist CMCA with implementation of diversity initiatives with particular focus on house staff and faculty. The DLC is comprised of Deans and Clinical and Basic Department Chairs. The primary goals of the DLC are to:
- Assist in development and implementation of a strategic plan for recruitment of faculty and house staff from groups underrepresented in medicine
- Monitor outcomes
- Examine barriers and challenges to retaining URM faculty
- Implement strategies to address these barriers
Physicians for Equal Opportunity in Medicine (PEOM), sponsored and advised by CMCA, PEOM is a professional group of URM faculty and housestaff at Mount Sinai. PEOM provides a professional network of URM clinical faculty and trainees.
Student Diversity: Additionally, CMCA launched the Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention Council in 2008 to improve coordination of outreach, recruitment and retention activities for candidates from groups underrepresented in medicine (URM) across the graduate and medical schools, pipeline programs, graduate medical education, and post doctoral programs. Our long-standing institutional commitment has been instrumental in our success in preparing medical students for primary healthcare, research and academic medicine, and in achieving significant diversity in URM enrollment, retention and graduation of students from URM groups.