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Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Our Charge

The committee's main charge is to foster an environment of acceptance and celebration of diversity, and to recruit and support trainees of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Focus includes life in Pittsburgh, networking, mentorship and professional support.


Dr. Conrad Smith, an interventional cardiologist, delivering the Call to Action

Internal Medicine residents Drs. Patricia Ajayi-Fox and Steve Fox speak with Internal Medicine Chair, Dr. Mark Gladwin

Gastroenterologist Dr. Naudia Jonassaint meeting our new medical students

The committee is chaired by Dr. Alda Maria Gonzaga. Our members include residents and fellows from all levels of training, and attending physicians from multiple divisions within the Department of Medicine.
UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School are highly committed to enhancing and nurturing the culture of diversity and inclusion in Pittsburgh.  Several large events, in addition to daily efforts, occur throughout the year, including:
Toast: to Diversity:  held annually in September, the Toast to Diversity is an opportunity for residents, students, and faculty from across the University, Departments, and campuses to network and celebrate.  


Attendees at this year's events

Hispanic Heritage Month Dinner:  Hosted by the UPSOM Chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association, this event is held annually to celebrate all Latinx cultures and honoring the contributions of Latinx physicians’ in Pittsburgh.


Dr. Gonzaga delivering the keynote address at this year’s dinner

SNMA Physician Roundtable:  Our chapter of SNMA annually holds a speed mentoring event for medical students.  Residents and Faculty from across the medical school are invited to serve as mentors!

Black History Month Banquet:  A high note of every February is our Black History Month Banquet, hosted by our chapter of SNMA.

Local organizations which complement our committee’s charge include:

Health Sciences Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh

Minority Housestaff Association of UPMC

Pride Health

Vibrant Pittsburgh

2016-2017 is the Year of Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh!

Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) program

UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion

Our residents also have the opportunity to mentor medical students through our relationships with the University of Pittsburgh's chapters of SNMA and LMSA.