Residency Diversity Committee

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.RDC Residents

Established in 1993, the Department of Medicine’s Residency Diversity Committee (RDC) is an active group of trainees and faculty committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within our department and across UCSF.

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


RDC by the Numbers:


Resident & FACULTY members



resident-led subcommittees


INCREASE in UIM trainee RECRUITMENT over the last 2 YRS


Some of the RDC’s goals include:

  • Promoting an inclusive atmosphere for trainees at UCSF
  • Increasing the diversity of our residency and fellowship training programs
  • Providing mentorship and support for trainees from diverse backgrounds
  • Provide opportunities to work with diverse patient populations which compliment existing training opportunities
  • Giving back to our communities through outreach, volunteering, and medical student mentorship
  • Educating trainees and faculty around topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and disparities
rdc activities
rdc dinner
rdc outing

 Info Sessions

Q&A with RDC Interns and Residents
Holistic Review Process

Committees & Activities

The RDC has a number of resident-led committees that carry out our group activities each year. Some example activities for each committee include:

  • RDC Resident, Fellow, Faculty Dinner
  • Residency Pre-Interview Diversity Receptions
  • Department of Medicine/GME Diversity 2nd Look week
  • Resident sponsorship to attend national conferences:
    • GLMA
    • LMSA
    • NHMA
    • SNMA
  • Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) for visiting 4th year medical students 
Resident Mentorship, Development, & Support
  • Quarterly resident-faculty mentorship dinners
  • UIM resident wellbeing group
  • Fellowship and job application panels
  • Diversity advocates based at each clinical site
  • Underrepresented in Medicine Dinners with College of Medicine
  • Networking Receptions for residents and faculty Housestaff Mentorship program
  • Social events throughout the year 
Social and Wellness Activities
  • Collaboration with GME diversity group activities
  • Resident-only dinners, brunches, and happy hours
  • Linking to cultural resources in San Francisco
  • Annual holiday party
  • End of year graduation celebration
Community Outreach and Volunteering
Diversity Education
  • Resident Diversity Education Curriculum Initiative
  • Noon conference didactics at all three sites around issues of diversity; including LGBTQ health disparities, Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities, Addressing microaggressions at work, and more
  • Faculty development around issues of mentoring across differences and supporting diverse trainees

For interested fourth year medical students, please see information about our Visiting Elective Scholarship Program.

Committee Leadership

Sarah Alba-NguyenSarah Alba-Nguyen, MD, MPH
Director, Residency Diversity Committee
Assistant Residency Program Director
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Ashley McMullenAshley McMullen, MD
Associate Director, Residency Diversity Committee
Host & Producer, Black Voices in Healthcare 
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