The Department has a long commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We recognize that diversity and inclusion are integral to fulfilling our mission to develop and support innovators in patient care, scientific discovery, medical education and public policy.

The Department’s faculty, staff and trainees represent many divergent backgrounds. The Department has been recognized annually by UCSF for its best practices in Staff and Academic Diversity since 1999, the first year of honoring such efforts.

To better serve the multi-ethnic population of California, the Residency Diversity Committee was first established in 1993. It’s primary goals are to increase the number of trainees who are underrepresented in medicine and to promote a more accepting and friendly atmosphere for them in the Department. We are particularly proud of our internal medicine residency program, which last year nearly doubled it's percentage of interns from groups underrepresented in medicine. Our fellowships also saw a significant uptick in diversity in this year’s match. As we work to diversify our faculty, it will also be key to create a more diverse pipeline of trainees, many of whom will become our faculty and leaders of the future. 

In addition to improving the work climate for all of our people, we are making special efforts to diversify our workforce and build a more inclusive culture. The appointments of Sarah Schaeffer and Meshell Johnson as directors of diversity for our trainees and faculty for the DOM, respectively, coupled with a variety of programs within the campus and School of Medicine, have made an important difference.

Read more to see how our Department is doubling down on diversity. 

Learn more about our Residency Diversity Committee.

Name Email address Phone Location
Urmimala Sarkar
Associate Chair for Faculty Experience
[email protected] 628-206-4273  
Meshell Johnson
Director of Faculty Diversity
[email protected] 415-221-4810
ext. 23267
4150 Clement St 3A93
Sarah Schaeffer
Director of GME Diversity
[email protected] 415-476-7479 533 Parnassus Ave
Rm. 125