OMA is working with residency and fellowship Program Directors at BIDMC to enhance efforts to recruit a dive
rse house staff, which "our "patients tell us they feel is very important for them to receive the maximally effective, culturally sensitive care they expect. A central part of this effort is to identify an Underrepresented Minority ("URM") Recruitment Coordinator Role in each residency program. This year, Dr. Campo served in this capacity for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Working closely with Dr. Eileen Reynolds, Dr. Buck Strewler, Dr. Mark Zeidel, and other Department of Medicine leadership committed to diversity, the Internal Medicine Residency Program conducted more extensive outreach to interested applicants, provided informational materials on BIDMC's and Boston's diversity, involved more diverse faculty and house staff in interviews and tours, and hosted a "second look" visit for top applicants, among other efforts. Through this experience, Dr. Campo has developed guidelines to support other graduate medical education programs in enhancing their ongoing URM recruitment practices. The results of this year's internal medicine residency selection process were encouraging. Preliminary data reveal that the number of AAMC-defined underrepresented minority applicants offered an interview rose over the previous year's number, while those "ranked to match" also increased. The percentage of those ultimately matching in internal medicine at BIDMC, however, was unchanged as compared to last year.
Through OMA, BIDMC is also expanding its involvement in and support of Harvard Medical School's Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP). The VCP is sponsored by the Minority Faculty Development Program of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office for Diversity and Community Partnership, and is one of the premier diversity initiatives at HMS. The VCP recently celebrated its 20
th anniversary. Under the leadership of Dean Joan Reede, the program offers support to fourth-year and qualified third-year minority (African American, Native American, and Hispanic) medical students enrolled in clinical clerkships at HMS. The program provides an opportunity for medical students from across the globe to experience Boston, learn medicine, and hear about opportunities for residency and faculty careers at Harvard's teaching hospitals. The short-term goal of the VCP is to help increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities in Harvard-affiliated residency training programs, with the long-term goal of having these trainees remain as faculty members. Students participating in the VCP are assigned a mentor during their stay in Boston and are provided housing and travel support during their rotations. Dr. Campo and other interested URM faculty at BIDMC led efforts to mentor VCP students rotating at BIDMC and attended VCP networking events, raising BIDMC's profile among this important group of prospective applicants to the hospital's residency training programs. OMA also provides financial support to the VCP.