Residency Diversity Committee

The 2010 School of Medicine Dean Diversity Reception, with Neil R. Powe (third from right), UCSF Vice Chair of Medicine and Chief of Medical Services at San Francisco General Hospital, and Residency Diversity Committee faculty and housestaff.

The Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco is committed to training and supporting physicians from all backgrounds, including traditionally underrepresented groups, to enhance the diversity of our residency training programs and to meet the needs of the multi-ethnic populations we serve.

Sarah Schaeffer, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Interim Chair, DOM Residency Diversity Committee

The Department of Medicine’s Residency Diversity Committee (RDC) was created in 1993 to promote and advance diversity among faculty, fellows, staff and trainees in the Department of Medicine and the UCSF campus. Over the last several years, programs developed and implemented by the RDC have had a positive impact on the diversity of our residents, and our training programs are some of the most diverse at UCSF.

Goals and Objectives:

The RDC was established to:

  1. Increase the diversity of our residency and fellowship training programs
  2. Provide mentorship and support for trainees from diverse backgrounds and those interested in working with diverse populations
  3. Provide opportunities to work with diverse patient populations which compliment existing training opportunities

Diversity in the Department is defined broadly and includes race, culture, religion, mental or physical abilities, age, gender, sexual orientation and other characteristics.


Residency Diversity Committee (RCD) activities include:

  • Participation in the School of Medicine’s Underrepresented in Medicine (UIM) dinner mentorship program; a great opportunity to mentor UIM UCSF medical students
  • Diversity receptions for medical students applying to our residency programs
  • Hosting a “second-look” diversity event for residency program applicants
  • Representation at various annual meetings (GLMA-Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, LMSA-Latino Medical Student Association, NHMA-National Hispanic Medical Association, SNMA-Student National Medical Association)
  • Sponsorship of a visiting elective scholarship program (VESP) to support visiting fourth year medical students rotating through Department of Medicine electives
  • Mentorship opportunities for current residents and fellows
  • Opportunities to serve on local committees such as the UCSF Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion
  • Community Service opportunities to volunteer at local health fairs and clinics including Clínica Martín-Baró (a student-run clinic in the Mission, which provides free primary care medical services to uninsured Latinos including many day laborers), UCSF Homeless Clinic and the San Francisco Hepatitis B Collaborative

Visit our calendar to see a list of upcoming events.

Participation is open to anyone in the Residency Diversity Committee.

Additional Websites:

UCSF Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations

Nurturing Diversity at UCSF

UCSF Center for LGBT Health and Equity

UCSF Office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity