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Diversity Efforts

The UMass Chan Department of Dermatology celebrates diversity in our patients, staff and faculty. We value diversity in all forms, including but not limited to: (dis)ability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, family of origin, socioeconomic status, health status and individual experience. In a field where nationally diversity is lacking, the Department of Dermatology has chosen to establish a Diversity Committee, chaired by Dr. McLean and Dr. Richmond.  The committee is prioritizing the following:

  • recruitment and retention of diverse residents, faculty and staff, including creation of a supportive environment and mechanisms for feedback, growth and improvement;
  • outreach to local community high school, college and premedical students to create a pipeline to the medical/dermatological field, including mentoring and hands-on opportunities;
  • opportunities for clinical and bench research in dermatology for URM (underrepresented minority) students;
  • infusing preclinical, resident and fellow curricula with additional learning resources regarding dermatological issues faced by people of color and issues facing transgender patients, to ensure all trainees are equipped to treat a diverse patient population; and
  • improving accessibility of additional training and education for clinic staff to increase professional growth, such as pursuing advanced degrees or certifications.