honors MGH minority graduates
The Multicultural Affairs Office (MAO) recently celebrated the MGH residents'
and fellows' graduation May 17 at the Museum of African American History.
This year, there were 19 underrepresented minority (URM) residents graduating
from 10 residency training programs, and over 70 URM faculty, trainees
and their guests attended the event. The ceremony began with welcoming
remarks from Elena Olson, JD, executive director of the MAO, followed
by the roll of graduates read by Ronald Dixon, MD, manager of Trainee
Affairs. Graduates and their spouses were invited onto the stage to receive
a personalized gift as a token of appreciation and recognition for their
This year's event was unique in that it marked an increased involvement
by the URM community at the MGH. Of the residents entering the Department
of Internal Medicine in 2007, an unprecedented 30 percent are URMs.
The MAO promotes the message that high quality patient care is about more
than just delivery. In working to promote the increased recruitment, retention
and advancement of the careers of URM students, physicians, and researchers,
the MAO enhances the cultural competency of care providers at the MGH.
With the patient population becoming increasingly diverse — in Boston
as well as nationally — the MAO's mission has become crucial to
enhancing the quality of patient care, teaching and research at the MGH.
Olson, "Diversity is a cornerstone of excellence, and we are immensely
proud of all our graduates. It is the responsibility of the MGH to retain
these quality individuals, promote their personal and professional development
and create a welcoming environment and vibrant community for all underrepresented
minorities — no matter which side of care they represent."
Back row, from left, Michael Obeng,
MD; Alden McDonald, MD; Jason Hall, MD; Ricardo Rivera, MD; Omar Sahagun,
MD; Nathaniel Evans, MD; Jesus Garcia, MD; front, from left, Wendy Macias,
MD; Cheilonda Johnson, MD; Charmaine Smith, MD; Nwanneka Okolo, MD; Audra
Robertson, MD and Stephanie Roundtree, MD