At the Department of Radiology, we are committed to increasing and supporting the diversity of residents by actively recruiting individuals from groups that are underrepresented in medicine.
We actively seek to attract and retain top medical talent that reflects the rich diversity of our city and the communities we serve. To do so, the Department of Radiology is an active participants of institutional recruitment efforts, such as the “Make Your Match: Residency Diversity Virtual Open House” and the “Graduate Medical Education Diversity Welcome Back”. At both events, in addition to the DEI Vice Chair’s Office, faculty members, chief residents, and residents of all postgraduate year levels shared their thoughts on our departmental and institutional commitment to high quality graduate medical education, diversity in medicine, and dedication to health equity. In addition, we conduct residency diversity outreach at conferences for the Student National Medical Association and the Latino Medical Student Association, and we have developed relationships with the Black and Latino Men in Medicine Initiative, Asian Pacific American Association and the South Asian Medical Student Associations. Furthermore, the resident selection and interview committee is now composed of diverse faculty who are required to undergo training in holistic review of applications and mandated to receive unconscious bias training.
Lastly, it is important to note that, after the Diversity Visiting Student Acting Internship Program launched in 2020, the residency programs saw a 7% increase in applicants from URiM groups in the same application year. As such, the Diversity Visiting Student Acting Internship Program has helped increase interest from URiM candidates in our department.
We seek to nurture the growth and promote the success of our residents, especially those who identify as URiM, recognizing in their identities and experiences an invaluable asset to the Department of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medicine, and the medical field in general.