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.

The Residency Diversity Committee

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.

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


We promote these goals through a number of activities each academic year. We encourage you to read on and learn more about the RDC!

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

For questions about the RDC, please email Dr. Sarah Schaeffer at [email protected].

Contact Information

schaeffer imageDr. Sarah Schaeffer
Director of GME Diversity
Department of Medicine
Email: [email protected]