Through its sponsorship and support, OMA has helped to reconvene and reinvigorate the BIDMC Diversity Committee. Now led by Nancy Torres-Finnerty, MD, the committee is developing an agenda "to diversify our community of health care professionals to better serve our patients … this is a quality issue, and the mission of this committee is based on the premise that greater diversity in the healthcare workforce is essential to improve health outcomes of our diverse patient population." Consisting primarily of medical students, house staff, fellows, junior faculty, and medical students, the Diversity Committee holds monthly meetings to discuss diversity-related topics and to provide informal peer mentoring to its members.
OMA is also partnering with the Office for Academic Careers and Faculty Development (ACFD) to sponsor an annual Open House Reception. These festive events welcome all new and returning medical students, trainees and faculty and celebrate our diverse community. The program for these events includes brief addresses from Dr. Campo and Dr. Maratos-Flier, Director of ACFD, in which they describe various opportunities and resources that their offices have to offer, and Paul Levy also provides a brief overview of BIDMC's history and commitment to diversity. Beverly Edgehill, CEO and President of The Partnership, a Boston area diversity consultancy, shares her thoughts on Boston as a welcoming environment for people of color.
OMA has also launched "Diversity Matters," its new quarterly e-newsletter Reaching all of BIDMC, it is fast becoming a virtual community where ideas can be exchanged, events publicized, and BIDMC's longstanding commitment to diversity is featured.
OMA is also actively joining with existing staff initiatives that spotlight diversity throughout the year, such as the Latino Heritage month, Black History month, and GLBT Pride awards and celebrations.