Mission Statement

To further the mission of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which is to provide the best possible care to all of its patients, irrespective of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic level, sexual identity, sexual orientation, gender, or age, by providing leadership in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty, clinical and post-doctoral fellows, post-graduates in residency training, and students at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

What We Do

Our society has come a long way since the days when the former Beth Israel Hospital was founded as a premier medical center where the Jewish community, and other groups not welcome at Boston's renowned hospitals, could receive the same top quality health care. That core mission of openness and nondiscrimination has always guided our work, and has expression today in the Office for Diversity, Inclusion and Career Advancement.

Our history inspires us to continue our efforts to redress inequalities in the health care system. ODICA strives to increase the number of under-represented minority physicians and researchers in our ranks and to support those who are already our colleagues here, because we recognize that our collective wisdom is richer when it includes and values the experiences of women, African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people, and the disabled, who may have faced barriers to entering and staying in the health professions.

ODICA also works to inform everyone in our community about the ongoing disparities in health status affecting people of color, sexual minorities, and the disabled, and to educate about the cross-cultural dynamics that impact how these groups access and experience health care.