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OB/GYN at BIDMC Prioritizes Diversity, Inclusion and Advocacy
We know that diversity, inclusion and advocacy are at the heart of who we are and what we do.
Before the two hospitals merged, the Deaconess Hospital was founded by a group of women who dedicated themselves to the care of the sick and the poor, and the Beth Israel Hospital was founded by Boston's Jewish community to meet the needs of a growing immigrant population. That history drives us to always be at the forefront of representation for all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, socioeconomic status, immigration status, religion, disability, or any other social characteristic.
Evidence proves that the most successful patient care comes from providers that share similar experiences and backgrounds. As such, we strive to recruit, develop, and advance a diverse workforce that will receive outstanding training in a safe and welcoming environment. Through these efforts, we can ensure the best care for the people we serve and brighten the future of healthcare.
The principal values that underlie diversity, inclusion and advocacy are equity, justice, respect and dignity for all. While diversity and inclusion focus on who we are in our internal workplace, advocacy is how we apply our values externally to take a stand on public policy issues that affect our patients and our professions.
Boston Marathon and National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Run/Walk
Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts Celebration of Choices
The OB-GYN Department has its own Diversity, Inclusion and Advocacy (DIA) Committee, open to all residents, faculty and staff in the department. The DIA Committee meets quarterly to advance equity-focused priorities within the department and the institution.
For more information, please contact Dr. Rose Molina (Director) and Dr. Tajh Ferguson (Co-Director)
The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center established the Graduate Medical Education Diversity, Inclusion and Advocacy Council in 2020, open to all house staff. The founding members included Drs. Laura Smith and Anita Cheng, both of whom were OB-GYN residents in the Class of 2020.
For more information, please contact Dr. Monica Mendiola and Dr. Tajh Ferguson (Faculty Advisors).
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Ricciotti HA, Dodge LE, Aluko A, Hofler LG, Hacker MR. Geographic Comparison of Women in Academic Obstetrics and Gynecology Department-Based Leadership Roles. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Oct;130(4):853-861. PMID: 28885431
Hofler LG, Hacker MR, Dodge LE, Schutzberg R, Ricciotti HA. Comparison of Women in Department Leadership in Obstetrics and Gynecology With Those in Other Specialties. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Mar;127(3):442-7. PMID: 26855110
Hofler L, Hacker MR, Dodge LE, Ricciotti HA. Subspecialty and gender of obstetrics and gynecology faculty in department-based leadership roles. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Feb;125(2):471-6. PMID: 25568998
Molina RL, Patel SJ, Scott J, Schantz-Dunn J, Nour NM. Striving for Respectful Maternity Care Everywhere. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Sep; 20(9): 1769-1773. PMID 27095032.
Molina RL, Pace EW. A Renewed Focus on Maternal Health in the United States. N Engl J Med. 2017 Nov 2;377(18):1705-1707. PMID 29091560.
Murray Horwitz ME, Molina RL, Snowden JM. Postpartum Care in the United States – New Policies for a New Paradigm. N Engl J Med. 2018 Nov 1; 379(18):1691-1693. PMID: 30380385.
Essien U, Molina RL, Lasser K. Strengthening the Postpartum Transition of Care to Address Racial Disparities in Maternal Health. J Natl Med Assoc. 2018 Nov 29. PMID: 30503575.
Baecher-Lind L, Abbott J, Atkins KM, Nijjar JB, Royce C, Schiff L, Ricciotti HA. A Call to Action to Address Gender Equity Within Our Specialty: Time's Up on Waiting for Change. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Jun; 131(6):961-963. PMID: 29742671.
Molina RL, Ricciotti H, Chie L, Luckett R, Wylie BJ, Woolcock E, Scott J. Creating a culture of micro-affirmations to overcome gender-based micro-inequities in academic medicine. Am J Med. 2019 Feb 01. PMID: 30716299.
Tajh Ferguson, MD and Rose Molina, MD, MPH. Beyond Diversity: Striving for Inclusion in our OBGYN Department / Grand Rounds Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, BIDMC. February 5, 2020.
Rose Molina, MD, MPH. Health Equity and Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19 / BIDMC ObGyn Resident Lecture. April 22, 2020.
Rose Molina, MD, MPH. Health Equity in the COVID-19 Response / BIDMC General Medicine Grand Rounds. May 1, 2020.
Rose Molina, MD, MPH. Health Equity in the COVID-19 Response: A Discussion to Connect Across Departments at BIDMC / BIDMC Academy Session. May 5, 2020.
Rose Molina, MD, MPH. COVID-19 and Health Equity: A Focus on Health System Solutions to Magnified Inequities / Harvard Medical Grand Rounds. July 9, 2020.
Huma Farid, MD and Daniela Febres-Cordero, MD. Visiting Clerkship Program Presents: Harvard Affiliated Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Programs. June 23, 2020.
Tajh Ferguson, MD. Real Talk: Race, Equity and Disparities in Medicine/ University Hospitals Cleveland Medical/Case Western Reserve University. July 16, 2020.
Mendiola ML. A National Survey to Examine Recruitment Strategies for Underrepresented Minorities in OB-GYN Residency Programs. Harvard Medical School Fellows’ Poster Presentation 2017.
Lightfoot M, DiNapoli M, Mendiola M. Improving Access to Care: Matching Underrepresented Minorities in OB/GYN Residency Programs. CREOG-APGO Annual Meeting 2017.
Mendiola M, Ricciotti H, Modest A, Huang G. A National Survey to Examine Recruitment Strategies for Underrepresented Minorities in OBGYN Residency Programs. Medical Education Day, BIDMC Shapiro Center 2017.
Hall M, Crocker J, Chie L, Fernandez L, Mendiola M, Olveczky D, Smith C, Sutton J, Tibbles C, Woolcock E, Cohen D. Teaching Strategies to Promote Healthcare Equity: Impact of an Interdisciplinary Faculty Development Program. Medical Education Day, BIDMC Shapiro Center 2017.
Mendiola M, Ricciotti H, Modest A, Huang G. A National Survey to Examine Recruitment Strategies for Underrepresented Minorities in OBGYN Residency Programs. CREOG-APGO Annual Meeting 2018.