Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Graduate Medical Education  at MSK

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Graduate Medical Education  at MSK

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MSK radiologist Yolanda Bryce provides training and expertise in interventional radiology.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) efforts are being led by the Graduate Medical Education Subcommittee for ED&I. The purpose of the subcommittee is to increase the recruitment and retention of residents and fellows from underrepresented groups in medicine. The committee is dedicated to developing sustainable initiatives that foster an inclusive work environment for our MSK trainees. The committee meets regularly to:  

  • discuss structural barriers to recruitment and retention of diverse trainees  
  • develop a multifaceted approach to diversity and inclusion, including a focus on unconscious bias training in curriculum development and inclusive mentorship/sponsorship  
  • define meaningful metrics to track progress of diversity and inclusion initiatives in trainee programs.  

Organizationally, MSK has an Office of Diversity Programs which supports initiatives across three core areas including recruiting, retaining and training diverse fellows and residents.

ED&I Training Opportunities 

Nicholls-Biondi Clinical Research Scientist Fellowship 

The Nicholls-Biondi Diversity Clinical Scientist Fellowship seeks to train a diverse group of future leaders in cancer-related research in our two-year clinical research program for underrepresented physicians. Our academic career-development track record is outstanding. 

Clinical Scientist Fellows will be given the opportunity to: 

  • receive state-of-the-art mentored clinical research training in their interest area 
  • enroll in the Clinical Research Methodology Curriculum 
  • complete coursework in Gerstner Sloan Kettering’s Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Cancer Research program 
  • attend conferences and DMTs 

Program benefits also include a stipend, housing, and full support for loan repayment programs, if eligible. 

Eligibility Criteria 

  • self-identified underrepresented minority status 
  • just completed a formal ACGME-certified (or equivalent) training program in the US 
  • board eligible or board-certified in respective discipline 
  • seeking a career in academic medicine, specifically in cancer-related research 
  • willing to commit to at least two additional years of formal research training 
  • internal/external candidates both considered 

MSK Diversity Away Elective in Oncologic Imaging 

The MSK Cancer Center Diversity Away Elective in Oncologic Imaging is a one-month, in-person away elective in the Department of Radiology for second-year radiology residents from underrepresented backgrounds in medicine and radiology. Trainees will gain exposure to the field of oncologic imaging and opportunities within that field, including our own fellowship programs, while rotating through subspecialities — body, breast, neuro, IR, molecular imaging, and imaging therapeutics — and participating in lectures, seminars, and conferences geared toward fellows, observers, and rotating Weill Cornell residents. They will also be assigned a faculty mentor for the month.

The program is open to all candidates who identify as part of an underrepresented group in medicine and who will be in the second year of an ACGME-accredited residency program during the month-long training program.

Travel expenses to New York City as well as a $2,500 stipend to help cover the cost of housing and living expenses will be provided.