MGH Multicultural Affairs Office
The Multicultural Affairs Office (MAO) promotes increased recruitment, retention and advancement of students, physicians and researchers underrepresented in medicine (URM)* as well as helps develop culturally-competent physicians at MGH. MAO’s goal to enhance professional workforce diversity and multicultural education for all MGH departments is essential to advancing the mission of the hospital.
As the population becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, health care providers will continue to care for more patients from different cultures and backgrounds. The link between the shortage of URM physicians and poor health outcomes for minority patients has been well documented and is cause for attention. At the same time, the benefits of a diverse physician work force are many - diversity enriches everyone’s educational experience, enhances innovation in research, and improves the care of patient communities.
Thanks to the unwavering dedication of the staff, hospital leadership and advisory board, MAO has created a variety of programs and initiatives to help reach the next level.
Initiatives and Programs
MAO’s initiatives and programs cover three areas:
» Professional Leadership and Workforce Diversity
• Student programs
• Resident and fellow programs
• Faculty initiatives
» Multicultural Education and Research
• Cross-cultural training
• Diversity education and training
» Community Outreach
• Latino Heritage and Black History Months
• Health Fairs
• Mentorship of elementary, middle and high school students
(via collaborations with MGH Boston Partnerships)