Washington University School of Medicine is committed to the recruitment, retention and professional development of a diverse faculty.

This commitment is reflected among the core goals of the Office of Faculty Affairs, headed by Diana Gray, MD, and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, headed by Sherree Wilson, PhD. These include

  • Striving for a consistent, supportive working environment, framed by appropriate guidance and mentorship, to sustain all faculty members in achieving their full professional potential.
  • Enhancing communication between administration and faculty, including facilitation of understanding of institutional policies, procedures and roles and national issues of interest related to faculty professional development.
  • Promoting a gender-neutral environment, which includes increased representation of women on the faculty, particularly at the most senior levels.
  • Working toward a substantial increase in faculty diversity at all levels through increased recruitment, retention and advancement of underrepresented ethnic minorities.

In 2005 the School of Medicine launched a wide-reaching initiative to encourage departments to hire and retain faculty from diverse backgrounds. The effort goes hand in hand with a Barnes-Jewish Hospital strategy that aims to recruit more residents and fellows from underrepresented groups.

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Faculty Diversity Scholars Program

The Faculty Diversity Scholars Program, created by the Faculty Diversity Committee and Larry J. Shapiro, MD, former dean of the School of Medicine, includes an incentive plan for departments to recruit faculty from minority groups.

“The growing cultural diversity of America is a phenomenon that will reshape the practice of medicine in the 21st century and beyond. We are responding to the changing demographics of this nation and the increasing health needs of our own community by improving our enrollment of students and the recruitment of faculty from underrepresented groups,” Shapiro said. Since its inception seventeen scholars have been recruited.

Minority faculty at Washington University have embraced this sense of ”family” and collective mentoring, reflected in informal socials and networking events at the home of Will Ross, MD, MPH, associate dean for diversity.

A faculty directory is maintained to facilitate contacts and networking among faculty and medical trainees. Faculty members are encouraged to update their contact information.

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Programs to Increase Diversity in Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) July 12-28, 2021

The PRIDE Summer Institute Program in Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research is now accepting applications. Space is limited for the 2021 mentored summer training programs so apply early!

Who: Eligible applicants are junior-level faculty or scientists with a background that is under-represented in the biomedical or health sciences, and are United States Citizens or Permanent Residents. Research interests should be compatible with those of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) disorders.

What: An all-expense paid Summer Institute program with effective mentored training opportunities to enhance the research skills and to promote the scientific and career development of trainees with a research interest in Cardiovascular disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology.

Trainees will learn effective strategies for preparing, submitting and obtaining external grant funding for research, including extensive tips on best practices.

Details: The Summer Institute is designed to prepare the participants to work at the interface of cardiovascular disease comorbidities, genetics, and epidemiology.

The program includes:

  • Two 2-week summer sessions with didactic lectures and workshops in grant writing
  • 2-3 day mid-year meeting for all participants along with their mentors
  • 2-3 day Annual meeting with all PRIDE sites and NHLBI for training and networking
  • Excellent Opportunity to develop research skills necessary for genetic dissection of cardiovascular disease and risk factors
  • Opportunity to develop a network of collaborators and resources to conduct research at the interface of genetics, epidemiology, and cardiovascular disease and risk factors

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