Our Commitment

Our commitment is to cultivate, integrate, and advance the principles of diversity and inclusion. We affect the systems, structures, and policies of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and the practices, and mindsets of our students, trainees, and faculty, and staff.

Our Commitment to Addressing Racism and Bias 

CMCA recognizes that race is a primary organizing principle in United States society. And, in healthcare, medicine, and scientific research, the roles of race and racism have systematically resulted in profound negative health care outcome disparities and patient care experiences for historically marginalized communities of color. 

We also recognize the role unconscious or implicit bias influences attitudes and stereotypes that affect understanding, actions, and decisions on an unconscious level. These biases develop over a lifetime, but we often are unaware how implicit biases can compromise diversity and inclusion efforts in healthcare administration, research, and healthcare delivery. By learning how to identify and confront unconscious bias in yourself and others, it is possible to mitigate the impact and promote respect for all.

CMCA is committed to serving as a primary driver and partner in the Department of Medical Education’s Racism and Bias Initiative.  The spirit of the initiative is to explicitly address and undo racism and bias in all areas of medical education. The School is committed to racial justice, health equity, and elevating underrepresented voices and experiences of our medical education colleagues.

The Racism and Bias Initiative is driven by a change management methodology that guides how we engage, prepare, equip, and support individuals and the entire School to successfully adopt transformational change. The goal is a future state of providing healthcare and education that is free of racism and bias.

Our Commitment to the Future Healthcare Workforce 

The Patricia S. Levinson Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) is committed to sustaining a grow-our-own approach with a rich and broad portfolio of talent and youth development programs in science, medicine, health care administration, and other health care careers. This way we are leveraging our Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awards as a Health Career Opportunities Program (HCOP) and as a formerly funded Center of Excellence (COE). We are also building on our sister units within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) that include the Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE) and Corporate Health System Affairs (CHSA), The goal for each of our programs is to expose, enrich, and provide the guidance necessary to  develop competitive applicants for professional education programs and enable the pursuit of successful career pathways.  

Some of our other signature sponsored programs and events include:

  • Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (VEPSUM) Fellowship
    We offer this fellowship to a limited number of qualified fourth-year minority medical students who attend U.S. medical schools and want access to our four-week electives. Email vepsum@mssm.edu to learn more.
  • Northeast Regional Alliance MedPREP program is a free summer enrichment program for under-represented and/or economically disadvantaged college students interested in the medical field. Contact info@neramedprep.org for more information.
  • Administrative Fellows Program, offers a two year Administrative fellowship for recent minority graduates from master’s level programs (e.g., MHA, MHP, MPH, MPP, MBA, or equivalent degrees), and prepares early careerists for leadership-track positions within the Mount Sinai Health System. Email diversity@mountsinai.org to learn more.
  • Annual Fall ISMMS Open House and Revisit Weekend 
    Held annually in the fall, this is a major outreach activity geared at minority high school and college students and working professionals interested in a career in medicine and science. The weekend helps participants gain the information and resources necessary to become successful medical and graduate school applicants. Email cmca@mssm.edu to inquire about future dates.

Our Commitment to Our Students

We work to cultivate, integrate, and advance the principles of diversity and inclusion in the systems, structures, policies, and practices of ISMMS through curriculum affairs, student affairs, admissions, and medical student research in the medical and graduate school. This way, we help all students to thrive equitably. CMCA is committed to medical and graduate students who self-identify from groups under-represented in science and medicine (URiSM). We offer a range of academic and non-academic support resources that purposefully integrate the social determinants of medical and graduate education in the structures, policies, and practices. We design our resources to provide holistic and equitable support to enable all, and most especially URiSM students, to thrive from matriculation to graduation.

Finally, we are committed to providing a learning platform upon which all medical and graduate students can explore MD or PhD education and beyond.  We designed our learning platform to give students opportunities to gain experience working at the intersection of medicine and science, and social justice using an urban health lens through research, teaching and education, service and advocacy, and community engagement.

Our Commitment to Our Faculty Under Represented in Medicine  

Since 2002, the CMCA has had a robust and individualized program for minority faculty development. The program is for faculty who self-identify as underrepresented in medicine. We sustain the Faculty Scholars Program (FSP),a career-mentoring program for minority junior faculty from all disciplines. This tailored approach to development allows each faculty to receive support and development based on specific needs. The FSP was developed for the exclusive purpose of improving the recruitment and retention of minority junior faculty by focusing on development in the areas of research, education, and training; service to the community; clinical practice; and professional leadership. The goal for the FSP is to equip and prepare junior faculty of color with the necessary tools, information, and resources for success in academic medicine.

To recruit faculty from underrepresented groups and help them develop their careers and expertise, we work with several internal institutional partners including:

Key Milestones

Since 1998, CMCA has worked toward advancing diversity among our faculty, staff, and students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Our efforts have produced key milestones, including:

  • Positioning URiSM faculty to leadership and senior administrative positions in academic medicine including but not limited to Vice Chairs for Diversity, Senior Associate Deans, Medical Student Faculty Advisors, and as Senior Administrators and Directors of offices and centers.
  • Sustaining 19 to22 percent URiSM representation in each incoming class since 2009
  • Engaging over 90 URiSM faculty into the Faculty Scholars Program, our minority faculty development program

Exposing thousands of minority and economically disadvantaged youth and college students to science education and pathways to medical and graduate school since 1975