CDI Monthly eNews: May 2021
In This Issue
  • Announcements
  • RFC Corner
  • MGH and MGB Events
  • MGH Opportunities, Awards, and Funding
  • HMS Events, Webinars and Awards
  • Other Outside Workshops
  • In Case You Missed It
  • Congratulations
  • In The News
Congratulations to the 2021 CTDA and PSDA Recipients
The CDI supports the careers of faculty and graduates underrepresented in medicine (UIM) through our faculty development award program, which includes the Physician/Scientist Development Award (PSDA) and the Clinician-Teacher Development Award (CTDA). Since 2004, CDI has sponsored 61 awards, totaling close to $8 million in funding. Although these awards have been historically funded by ECOR and the MGPO, the MGH 10-Point Structural Equity Plan has allocated funding to expand CDI and this award program. As a result, in 2021, CDI is sponsoring 3 additional recipients, for a total of nine awards - 3 CTDA and 6 PSDA.
Paula Aduen, PhD
Department of Psychiatry
Onyinyechi Eke, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
Jona Ludmir, MD
Department of Medicine,
Eman Akam, PhD
Department of Medicine,
Efren Flores, MD
Department of Radiology
Yasmin Hernandez-Barco, MD  
Department of Medicine, Gastroenterology
Gabriela Soriano Hobbs, MD Department of Medicine,
Cancer Center
Julia M. Rosenbloom, MD
Department of Anesthesia,
Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Karla R. Torres, PhD
Department of Radiology,
Gordon Center
Please mark your calendar for our annual virtual CDI/President Peter Slavin Welcome and Recognition Reception to honor our 2021 recipients and celebrate all past recipients on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 @ 6-7 pm. The Zoom event invitation will be sent under separate cover.
You Are Invited! 2021 CDI Virtual Graduation Celebration
Thursday, June 3 @ 6:30 pm
2021 Graduates - Residents and Fellows
Anesthesia – Residents
Raissa Quezado Da Nobrega
Mark Abraham
Peter Ochieng
Anesthesia – Fellow
Diana Barragan-Bradford

Dermatology – Resident
Anna Garza-Mayers

Dermatology – Fellow
Karen Kagha
Emergency Medicine – Residents
Da’Marcus Baymon
William Brown
Mariam Fofana
Hazar Khidir
Lucinda Lai
Melanie Molina

Internal Medicine – Residents
Nathan Alhalel
Ijeoma Eleazu
Amanda PeBenito
Jesus Luevano Jr.

Medicine – Fellows
Pierre Ankomah (Infectious Diseases)
Ingabire Grace Balinda (General Medicine)
Daniela Crousillat (Cardiology)
John Chiosi (Infectious Diseases)
Marlen Ortega Cruz (Palliative Care)
Nneka Ufere (Transplant Hepatology)
Anezi Uzendu (Interventional Cardiology)
Medicine-Pediatrics – Resident
Giulio Rottaro Castejon
Neurology – Resident
Jorge Torres

Neurology – Fellows
Oluwatosin Akintola
Juan Carlos Martinez Gutierrez
Sandra Jimenez Giraldo
Obstetrics & Gynecology – Residents
Samantha DeAndrade
SarahBianca Dolisca
Orthopaedic Surgery – Residents
Kiran Agarwal-Harding
Erick Kazarian
Wylie Lopez
Andrew Usoro
Pathology – Resident
Michael Astudillo
Pathology – Fellows
Samantha Champion
Julian Villalba ((microbiology)
Pediatrics – Resident
Marielle Young

Physical Medicine and Rehab – Residents
Cameron Olezene
David Robinson
Physical Medicine and Rehab – Residents
Myriam Lacerte
Kristian Von Rickenbach
Psychiatry – Residents
Noor Beckwith
Samuel Dotson
Charles Masaki
Radiation Oncology – Residents
Fallon Chipidza
Oluwadamilola Oladeru
Radiology Diagnostic – Resident
Juan Carlos Villa Camacho

Radiology Diagnostic – Fellow
Claude Guerrier
Surgery – Residents
Daniel Hashimoto
Sahael Stapleton
Surgery – Fellow
Michael Onwugbufor
RFC Corner
RFC Social Wednesday
Wednesday, May 26 @ 6:30 - 8:30 pm
RFC Financial Education Series - Recordings Available
The CDI Resident and Fellow Committee (RFC) held a series of webinars “Learning the Basics of Your Finances," with the support of the Harvard University Employees Credit Union. This four-part series started with an introductory session (April 8) of resources available to trainees in the Harvard system including individualized personal finance counselors and retirement planning amongst other services, and then proceeded with sessions on Debt Repayment (April 15), Budgeting (April 29), and Credit Management (May 13). We encourage those who were unable to attend to check out the recordings by clicking here.

Through this Financial Education Series, we hope that participants will gain the information and skills to implement a life-long plan for financial success.
MGH and MGB Events and Seminars
AMMP General Body Meeting in Honor of Asian Pacific Islander Month
Thursday, May 27@ 12-1 pm
MGH Session On Grief
Save The Date: Wednesday, June 16 @ 7 - 8:30 pm
Please join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Chinese Scientist Association, the Civil Conversations and Social Healing Project at On Being, The Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine and the Center for Physician Well Being
A year like no other: facing what we've lost and harnessing hope

 This past year saw so much loss. And yet, the losses were not shared equally. Communities of color have made up an outsized share of cases and COVID related deaths. State sanctioned violence against Black men, the explosion of anti-Asian hate and the growing divide between places in the world with access to vaccines and those without are just some of the examples of this imbalance. We know that the ways we metabolize the events of this past year are affected by our personal and cultural histories. And, that there can be healing and a way forward found in coming together. 

We will have an evening of conversation and poetry where we face and acknowledge this past year and share where we look for hope and inspiration to continue the work that we do.
Facilitated by
Lucas Johnson
Executive Director, Civil Conversations and Social Healing at The On Being Project
For more information, please contact Bebina Shrestha,
You will receive the Zoom details closer to date.
MGH Opportunities, Awards and Funding
2021-2022 YMCA Achievers Award Nomination Period
Nomination Deadline: Friday, May 21 @ 5 pm
ECOCH Funding Opportunity for MGH Clinical Departments
Proposal Due: Friday, June 11 by 5 pm
Proposals for the 2021 ECOCH funding cycle are due on Friday, June 11 by 5 PM. Click here for the request for applications.
Important Update:
The Health Equity Dashboard is now open access until the conclusion of the ECOCH RFA; anyone from within the MGB network can access the guest dashboard from the link below. The guest dashboard is the same as the full access dashboard, just without the ability to save views or download data. 

Please note:
• The guest access to the Health Equity Dashboard will close June 12th. To obtain full access to the Health Equity Dashboard, you must complete this request form.
• Once granted access, the full access version of the Health Equity Dashboard is located here. The tip sheet for how to navigate the full access dashboard is located here.

Do you have any questions?
If you have technical questions on navigating the dashboard, please reach out to Brigitte Buquez, Senior Project Manager - MGH/MGPO Ambulatory Management, at
For questions on the RFA, including on proposal format and application submission, please reach out to Kim Lopez, Project Manager - Community Health, at
The Disparities Leadership Program Request for Applications
Intent to Apply Deadline: June 25, 2021
The Disparities Leadership Program (DLP) is now taking applications for the 2021-2022 class. Letters of intent are due Friday, June 25, 2021 and applications are due Friday, July 9, 2021. The DLP is a year-long executive education program designed for leaders from health care organizations who want to implement practical strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care, particularly through quality improvement. To date, over 475 participants from 207 organizations representing 33 states, Washington D.C., the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Canada, and Switzerland have participated in the program. 

To download a Letter of Intent form and application, click here:
Click here to view the timeline of the application process and DLP year. Read more about the Disparities Leadership Program (DLP) here.
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): NIH Research Project Grant (R01) First Available Due Date: June 5, 2021
The NIH parent R01 announcement encourages investigators from diverse backgrounds to conduct and contribute to the research areas of the NIH NINDS. The goal is to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce. See details here.
HMS Events, Webinars and Awards
Better Together Dialogue with Dr. Rhea Boyd
Thursday, June 3 @ 2 - 3 pm
Request for Nominations:
Inaugural Equity, Social Justice, and Advocacy Award
Submission Deadline: Monday, June 7
The new Equity, Social Justice, and Advocacy Award recognizes individuals at Harvard Medical School (HMS)/Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and within the HMS/HSDM-affiliate community who advance equity, social justice, and advocacy - contributions that affirm the HMS mission, HMS community values, and medical professionalism. Health equity and social justice advocacy – whether directed at our patients, practices, institutions, systems, or society – are inherent in medicine’s professional ethos. To be contd..
The following individuals are eligible for this award:
Faculty – must be based at HMS/HSDM, or an HMS-affiliated hospital or institution.
Trainee – must be a house officer, clinical or research fellow, post-doctoral fellow based at HMS/HSDM or at an HMS-affiliated hospital or institution.
Student – must be enrolled at HMS/HSDM or HMS Division of Medical Sciences.
Staff – must work directly for HMS or HSDM (receiving a Harvard paycheck).
In addition to internal nominations, self-nominations and nominations from outside institutions, organizations or individuals will be accepted.  
Self-nominations are accepted. All nominations must be submitted online.
Submission Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021
For the Award Guidelines and Nomination Form visit:

Questions: call, 617-432-4697 or email,
Visiting Clerkship Program and
Harvard-Affiliated Residences Webinar: Surgery
Tuesday, June 8 @ 12 - 1:30 pm
Join the panel of Harvard-affiliated Internal Surgery residency program directors as they address common questions regarding the residency application process and medical training at Harvard-affiliated institutions.
John T. Mullen, MD
General Surgery Residency Program Director, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Stephanie L. Nitzschke, MD
General Surgery Residency Program Director, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Charles S. Parsons, MD
Instructor of Surgery,
Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Alden Landry, MD, MPH
Assistant Dean, Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership,
Harvard Medical School
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine,
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Excellence In Mentoring Award Virtual Ceremony
Tuesday, June 8 @ 4 pm
Celebrate LGBTQ + Pride Month
Wednesday, June 9 @ 12 - 1 pm
Other Outside Workshops
Health Equity Design Challenge Definition Workshop
Wednesday, June 2 @ 12 - 2 pm
This workshop aims to define and refine the core statement at the center of our upcoming Design Challenge centered on health equity. Our goal is to bring together a group with knowledge in health equity and race to help determine our 'how might we statement'. We will frame this challenge to work towards sustainable, community-led and -controlled outcomes.

What’s our focus?
At HXD, we announced a design challenge centered on increasing rates of COVID vaccination. After conversations with experts in the health ecosystem and government, we pivoted our challenge to address the causes (access and mistrust of health systems), not the symptom (low rates of COVID-19 vaccination), of health inequity for Black and Brown communities. 
During this workshop we will:
  • Bring people together in a Mad*Pow-facilitated workshop to identify the systemic challenges, gaps in care, and unmet needs that disproportionately impact BIPOC communities
  • Examine how access and trust impact health equity, and begin homing in on problem statements (or ‘How Might We’ statements) to focus and fuel the design challenge
  • Create a shared vision for the future: What does health equity look like? What does it feel like? 
Interested in attending? 
If you have thoughts and experience to bring to the workshop (or know someone else who does), we’re looking forward to having you participate.
In Case You Missed It
Equity and Social Justice Webinar: Racism and Violence Impacting the Asian-American Community (April 12, 2021) - Watch

You may view the past HMS ODICP webinars here.
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, a physician at Mass General Brigham and an internationally recognized expert in obesity medicine, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) as the 2021 recipient of the Grant V. Rodkey Award, an honor recognizing a Massachusetts physician for outstanding contributions to medical education and medical students. Click here to read more.
Efren Flores, MD, of the Radiology Department, has been selected for the 2021-2022 National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence program. Scholars are chosen based on professional qualifications and accomplishments, demonstrated leadership in the field, potential to advance diagnostic excellence, and quality, feasibility and implementation of their project proposals.
Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH has been named the Chief Community Health Equity Officer for Mass General Brigham. In this role, Dr. Taveras will work collaboratively with leaders from across the system to lead Mass General Brigham forward as a force for change in confronting inequity and racism.

Dr. Taveras currently serves as the Chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics and Executive Director of the Kraft Center for Community Health at Mass General Hospital. Click here to read more.
In The News
Medical School Admissions - A Movable Barrier to ending Health Care Disparities? by Winfred Williams, MD published on NEJM editorial. Click here to read the full article.
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