December 1, 2000
serve as regional headquarters for national mentoring program for Hispanic medical
More than 70 medical students, faculty and staff attended an inaugural event for the Hispanic Medical Students Mentorship Program, Nov. 15 in the Trustee's Room. The Multicultural Affairs Office (MAO) at the MGH will serve as the regional coordinator for the program, which is only the second of its kind in the nation. The MAO also will partner with the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and local medical institutions to provide structured professional and social support during Hispanic students' medical training. Students at Harvard, Boston University, Tufts and the University of Massachusetts medical schools will be paired with physician and researcher mentors from local institutions.
The inaugural event featured guest speaker Joan Reede, MD, MPH, MS, associate dean of Faculty Diversity and Development at Harvard Medical School, who spoke about the importance of mentoring in a successful career in medicine. Elena Rios, MD, MPH, president of the NHMA, spoke about national opportunities for Hispanic physicians. Also speaking at the program were Ernesto Gonzalez, MD, associate director of the MAO; Peter Slavin, MD, chairman and CEO of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization; Winfred Williams, MD, director of the MAO; and Elena Olson, program manager of the MAO.
For more information about the program, call Olson at 724-3831 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinesh Patel, MD, MGH Orthopaedics, and Dharma Cortes, a Harvard Medical School student.
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