CDI Monthly eNews: July 2021
In This Issue
  • CDI Events and Presentations
  • RFC Corner
  • MGH and MGB Events
  • MGPO Fellowship
  • HMS Events and Webinars
  • External Events
  • In Case You Missed It
  • Congratulations
CDI Events and Presentations
The Chester Pierce Research Society
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 @ 5-6 pm
"Clinical Translation of Genetic Predictors For Type 2 Diabetes"

Jose C. Florez, MD, PhD
Department of Medicine, Diabetes Unit
Chief, Endocrine Division and Diabetes Unit
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Institute Member, Broad Institute

Dr. Florez is the Chief of the Endocrine Division and the Diabetes Unit at the MGH, where he holds the John T. Potts Jr., MD Endowed Chair in Medicine. He is also Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Institute Member at the Broad Institute. He and his group have contributed to the performance and analysis of high-throughput genomic studies in type 2 diabetes and related traits, in international consortia such as MAGIC, GENIE, DIAGRAM, T2D-GENES, AMP-T2D, SIGMA and RADIANT, where he plays management roles. He leads the genetics initiatives of the Diabetes Prevention Program and the GRADE clinical trial, where the effects of genetic variants on specific behavioral and pharmacological preventive interventions can be assessed. He is the Principal Investigator of the Study to Understand the Genetics of the Acute Response to Metformin and Glipizide in Humans (SUGAR-MGH), and also conducts other pharmacogenetic studies at MGH. He is an author on 200+ original publications and 50+ reviews/book chapters. In addition to his research and teaching duties, he is clinically active in the MGH Diabetes Center, the Endocrine inpatient consult service, and the MGH Down Syndrome Program. In 2007 he received an MGH Physician-Scientist Development Award (PSDA) and he is a recipient of the 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. In 2019 he received the Father of the Year award from the American Diabetes Association.

The Chester Pierce Research Society (CPRS) is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).  CPRS is a speaker series named in honor of MGH's late Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry, Chester Pierce. Dr. Pierce was the first and most senior African-American physician-scientist at MGH. CPRS is designed to promote diversity and health equity by featuring the novel research of investigators to the MGH community.
Save the Date for SRTP Student Final Presentations on
July 29, August 4 & 5
The CDI continues to partner with Mass General departments to expand the pipeline of students who are underrepresented in medicine (UiM) and interested in pursuing careers in academic medicine through the Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP.) Students are paired with MGH investigators and conduct novel research projects in basic science labs, clinical research sites, health policy, and health services settings over 8 weeks during the summer. The SRTP Class of 2021 will be presenting their research projects to the MGH community on:

  • Thursday, July 29 @ 11 am - 1:15 pm
  • Wednesday, August 4 @ 1 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 5 @ 10 am - 1:30 pm
Additional details with presentation logistics (presenters, labs/research sites, timings and research project titles) will be sent under separate cover closer to the presentation dates.
SRTP 2021 is funded by the MGH 10 Pt Structural Equity Plan, ECOR, the MGPO, the President’s Office and the department sponsoring the student. 
MGH CDI/Peter Slavin Welcome & Recognition Celebration
Wednesday, September 22 @ 6-7:30 pm
Peter L. Slavin, MD
President, Massachusetts General Hospital
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion

cordially invite you to a virtual

Welcome and Recognition Celebration

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Ceremony 6 - 7:00 pm
Networking 7 - 7:30 pm

to welcome new MGH UiM trainees, faculty and HMS students
and honor the 2021 recipients of the

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,
Gabriela Soriano Hobbs, MD 
Department of Medicine,
Cancer Center
Julia M. Rosenbloom, MD
Department of Anesthesia,
Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Karla Ramos-Torres, PhD
Department of Radiology,
Gordon Center
RFC Corner
CDI/RFC Social Event for UiM Trainees
Sunday, August 15 @ 3-6 pm
Harvard University Employees Credit Union Resources
Personal Finance Summit Recap
HUECU hosted a successful Personal Finance Summit with over 500 registrations! Share the webinar recordings on Financial Goals, Investing, Student Loans and Banking Fine Print with your communities via our YouTube channel. For additional resources, visit

New Finance Courses Available 
Our partners at GreenPath Financial Wellness have a new learning experience to share with your community! Learning Labs+ is a suite of financial wellness courses free to those in the HUECU community. Modules include Redesigning Your Financial Habits and Aligning Priorities, with more to come. Sign-up, share with your network, and learn more on our website.
MGH and MGB Events and Seminars
Special Seminar of the MGH Building Up Scholars Poster Presentation - July 20 @ 5 pm ET
Join the poster session which showcases the research of our National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Scholars on July 20th at 5:00 pm ET.* The NRMN scholars are participating in a study that is focused on diversifying the workforce. This study is funded by NIH and is randomizing 26 universities to test the effectiveness of an intervention focused on building the research careers of postdocs and junior faculty, which was developed at the University of Pittsburgh. For more information about this project click here.
Radiology DE&I Health Equity Education
Click here to learn more about these programs at the next Radiology Diversity, Equity and Inclusion meeting on July 21st at 12pm. 
MGPO Fellowship
Call for MGPO Health Policy Fellowship Applications:
Info Session on Wednesday, July 28;
Apply by Wednesday, September 15
The David F. Torchiana, MD Fellowship in Health Policy and Management is now accepting applications for a 2-year fellowship, beginning summer 2022. Come to a virtual information session on 7/28 from 1 – 2 pm via Zoom. Click here to join the session.
The fellowship fosters the growth and development of early-career academic physicians who have completed their residency or clinical fellowships and are interested in health policy and management. Under guidance of Jason Wasfy, MD and other fellowship faculty, fellows gain exposure and competency in many aspects of health care management, including:
  • Performance measurement and improvement
  • Care delivery innovation
  • Hospital operations and governance
  • Pay-for-performance
  • Global payment
  • Physician contracting
  • Quality and safety
  • Project management
Applicants should have career aspirations in health care management or policy and prior experience in leadership. To apply, click here. Applications received by 9/15 will receive priority review. Departments must be prepared to finalize a clinical appointment for accepted fellows within 2 weeks of an offer from the MGPO. To learn more about previous fellows and projects, including the experience of current MGPO medical director, Jason Wasfy, MD, click here. For questions, contact Sarah Phair.
HMS Events and Webinars
Visiting Research Internship Program Closing Ceremony: Interns Presentation
Thursday, July 29 @ 10:30 am - 3 pm
The Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) is an eight-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical students' interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers.
In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, VRIP students participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, and career paths. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking events. Read more...

Morning Presentations : 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon Presentations: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Visiting Clerkship Program and Harvard-Affiliated Residences Webinar: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Tuesday, August 3 @ 12 - 1:30 pm
Join the panel of Harvard-affiliated Obstetrics & Gynecology residency program directors as we address common questions regarding the residency application process and medical training at Harvard-affiliated institutions.
Amy R. Stagg, MD
BWH/MGH Integrated Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology Director,
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology,
Massachusetts General Hospital

Brett Young, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Harvard Medical School;
OB/GYN Residency Program Director, 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
Visiting Clerkship Program and Harvard-Affiliated Residences Webinar: Anesthesia
Tuesday, August 10 @ 12 - 1:30 pm
Join the panel of Harvard-affiliated Anesthesia residency program directors as we address common questions regarding the residency application process and medical training at Harvard-affiliated institutions.
Sara E. Neves, MD
Anesthesia Residency Program Director, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Instructor in Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School

Daniel Saddawi-Konefka, MD
Anesthesia Residency Program Director, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor in Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital Representative TBD

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
HMS URiM Trainee and Family BBQ Dinner
August 18 @ 3 - 7:30 pm
External Events
NEMA Kickback Barbecue
Saturday, July 17 @ 7-11 pm
In Case You Missed It
Alister Francois Martin, MD, Instructor in Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital is a recipient of 2021 Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) Faculty Fellowship Award. Massachusetts General Hospital Emergency Department (MGH ED) recently started Vot-ER which is a new operational initiative aimed at offering patients who are not registered to vote an opportunity to register using an online voter registration platform while in the ED. Our analysis aims to measure the rates of voter registration at Boston area hospitals and healthcare organizations through the 2021 Boston Mayoral election cycle. Click here to read more about this award and his project.
Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH, clinical investigator in the MGH Endocrine Unit, Associate Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and Director of Multicultural Affairs in the Department of Medicine, has received the 2021 American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Paula Stern Achievement Award. This award recognizes a woman in the bone field who has made significant scientific achievements and who has promoted the professional development/advancement of women in the field. Learn more about the award here.
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
55 Fruit Street, Bulfinch 123
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-724-3832
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