Diversity and Inclusion

At Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, we are proud to be part of a heath system that has demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion — and recognize that these are key drivers for excellence and innovation. We seek to cultivate these core values within our residency program, department, and institution. 

The Mount Sinai Health System is ranked #1 in diversity among hosptials and health systems by Forbes and DiversityInc. In addition, seven of our health system hospitals have been recognized as leaders in LGBTQ health care equality by the Human Rights Campaign. We work in partnership with the Mount Sinai System’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion to advance our efforts in fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace and patient care experience for our faculty, staff, students, trainees, and patients.

We actively recruit and welcome residents from underrepresented backgrounds. Working with the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, we invite fourth year students from groups underrepresented in medicine to participate in four-week electives at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital through the Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (VEPSUM).

Residents receive formal curriculum in racism and bias throughout their three years of training, including topics such as Everyday Bias in Clinical Medicine, Mitigating Racism through Clinical Teaching, Developing Anti-Racist Skills, and Navigating Racist and Sexist Patient Behavior. Our Health Equity Journal Club is co-led by members of our residency and social work programs. In addition, residents are invited and encouraged to share in anti-racism efforts with the Department of Pediatrics (Chats for Change) as well as within the medical school (Change Now). Our Pediatrics departmental committment to anti-racism can be found here.

The mission of the Pediatrics Diversity Committee at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital is to serve as a catalyst for change, promoting diversity and inclusiveness for all.

Led by Sharon M. Edwards, MD, the Vice Chair for Diversity Initiatives, our Pediatrics Diversity Committee is an integral part of the Department of Pediatrics. The committee continuously works to provide a platform for issues around equity and to promote health care delivery through a social justice lens. Our goal is to promote inclusiveness for all by:

  • Strategically increasing the presence and visibility of Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) residents and faculty in our department
  • Supporting our members and challenging racism at the institutional level and beyond

Comprised of a diverse group of Pediatrics faculty, ourhouse staff, and social workers, our committee provides a forum for conversations about racism, privilege, and bias at our institution. We have used those conversations to address the systemic practices in our department and our institution, which ultimately affect our patients as well as our colleagues. Supported wholeheartedly by our Chair, our department and training program serve as a model for directing conversations and driving change at the graduate medical education level. Our committee is open to all and we welcome new members!

“There were so many reasons why I chose to come to Mount Sinai, but the institution’s focus on diversity was the deciding factor.”
            ̶  Arnoldys Stengel, PGY-3, Categorical Pediatrics 

Arnoldys elaborates, “While interviewing at different programs, I noticed that there were diversity initiatives that had been put in place, but none of them seemed fruitful. As I walked around and saw the staff and members of the different residency classes, I didn’t notice as many underrepresented minorities as I did at Mount Sinai. Being a first generation medical school graduate, feeling supported and surrounded by professionals who ‘looked like me’ was important — and that’s what I found at Mount Sinai. I felt supported during interview day, received more support than I ever imagined while dealing with grief and sick family members before residency started, and continue to feel cared for by the amazing faculty our program has. It’s because of physicians like  Dr. Sharon  Edwards, Dr. Jessica Reid-Adam, Dr. Joel Forman, and Dr. Gary Butts that I’m here and so grateful to be training at this institution.“