Diversity Awareness Events
Annual Cultural Fair
We started off our Fall Diversity Awareness Celebration with the Annual Cultural Fair. Faculty, residents, students and staff gathered to celebrate and learn about different cultures and countries with delicious food sampling, music, dance, and much more!
“Diminishing Microaggressions in the Clinic and Beyond” by Mark Tschaepe, PhD
Veterans Day Program Dr. Saleem Khan, Keynote Speaker
Honoring all those who have served
Health Careers Academy Kick-Off!
With the help of our amazing mentors we had another successful HCA Kick-Off! Aside from learning about several health care career options, the students had several activities planned out for them. They learned about various disease by analyzing human organs and they even had an opportunity to learn about the nervous system and how to properly use a tuning fork and reflex hammer by Dr. Pedro Mancias, Pediatric Neurologist!
We Welcome Back David Acosta, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer from the AAMC into McGovern Medical School
We had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Acosta into McGovern Medical School and Houston! During his visit to our school, some of our faculty and medical student diversity and inclusion leaders had an opportunity to talk about strategies and new innovative ways to promote diversity within the school and the community. Dr. Acosta also gave a UTHealth-wide institutional lecture on “The Vital Role of Academic Medical Centers in Addressing Healthcare Disparities.”
We Kick-Off the Year with Another Aspirations in Medical Professions Event
August 2018tfield High School and Hartman Middle School visited McGovern Medical School. They learned the different steps they needed to take to achieve their dreams of becoming a nurse, dentist and/or physician. They had hands-on activities where they had the opportunity to learn how to intubate a mannequin with the direction of faculty members from the Department of Anesthesiology! The students were joined during their lunch time by some of our medical students. Stories of encouragement were heard by our visiting students.
Welcoming our First Year LMSA and SNMA Students
This year over 100 students from Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), faculty, and community physicians joined the ODI in welcoming the first year medical students at Dr. LaTanya Love’s and Pedro Mancias’ residence. This annual event is held to provide an opportunity and space for students to mingle, form mentorships, network and meet their peers. The first year medical students asked advice from their fellow classmates and enjoyed an evening forming connections.
JAMP Summer Program
During the month of June we hosted 19 Joint Admissions Medical Program, JAMP students from all over Texas. The students enjoyed their second summer internship program at our school. They were given the opportunity to enjoy pre-medical activities which included: Standardized Patients, Surgical Clinical Skills Lab, and Gross Anatomy Lab. Their schedules were filled with introductory courses and several team building activities that will serve them in their future endevours. By far the most popular and activity was the preceptor portion of the summer. Each student was paired with a UTHealth faculty member and shadow them for several hours during clinic and surgical hours!
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
May – June 2018
SHPEP Scholars have arrived at UTHealth! This year we have 40 pre-medical students from all over the nation! SHPEP provides students interested in pursuing a career in health professions with a well-defined, integrated approach to learning, focusing on the core science courses that they will need for a health profession career in medicine, nursing, and dentistry. The program strives to help students improve their chances of becoming successful applicants and students at a health profession school of their choice.
Another successful Aspirations in Medical Professions (AMP) Visit
This semester several schools visited McGovern Medical School through Aspirations in Medical Professions, AMP, one of the ODI outreach programs. We hosted over 200 phenomenal students from Westfield High School, Sharpstown High School, as well as, several Yes Prep High Schools. Students talked to admission representatives from the School of Dentistry, School of Nursing and McGovern Medical School. They also spent time in the clinical surgical skills center learning to intubate patients and insert IVs.
Health Careers Academy (HCA) Finale
In May, Students from Cesar Chavez High School and Yes Prep East End joined their med school mentors at McGovern Medical School for their school year program finale. Mentors had an opportunity to show the students around our campus and give them advice on pursuing their dreams in a health profession.
Aspirations in Medical Professions (AMP)
The office welcomed over 80 students from different Yes Prep High Schools in Houston on March 27th. The students had an opportunity to talk to admission representatives from McGovern Medical School, School of Dentistry and School of Nursing as well as tour the medical school! The high school students also had an opportunity to talk to our medical students and ask them questions regarding their path towards medical school!
Black History Month Program
This year’s Annual Black History Month Program at McGovern Medical School was a huge success. Students, staff and faculty enjoyed delicious food, special performances, and a keynote presentation on “The Evolution and Advancement of African Americans in Medicine” by Dr. Valerae Lewis, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Annual Pre-Health Professions Conference – Ignite: Lighting the Fire
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the McGovern Medical School Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter, hosted close to 200 students on our campus for our annual Pre-Health professions conference. This interdisciplinary conference provided an opportunity for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to explore the diverse health professions and degrees offered at UTHealth. Admissions and student representatives from all six UTHealth schools presented information regarding their respective disciplines. In addition to admissions information the students participated in hands on workshops and interacted with UTHealth students.
Dr. David Acosta Visits McGovern Medical School
Dr. David Acosta, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the AAMC, graciously joined a group of students, faculty, and leaders at McGovern Medical School for an informal breakfast roundtable discussion on Diversity and Inclusion in medicine.
Annual Veterans Day Program
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Christopher Stephens, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology was our special guest during out Veterans Day Program at McGovern Medical School. He shared his experience as a flight surgeon in the National Guard in his talk, “DUSTOFF!” Dedicated Unhesitating Service to Our Fighting Forces: A Flight Surgeon’s Perspective. We thank him and all those who have served!
2017 Fall Diversity Awareness Week
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion planned a number of different events throughout the week of October 30th to November 2nd to celebrate the vast diversity at McGovern Medical School. We held a cultural fair on Monday where faculty, staff and students had the opportunity to sample different cuisines from around the world. On Tuesday, Dr. Thomas Cole presented his film, The Strange Demise of Jim Crow. We talked about the clandestine desegregation in Houston! The week continued with a dynamic talk held by Dr. Dakota Carter, Transgender Patients and Families: Providing Evidence-Based, Cultural Competent Care. Our week was finalized with diverse group of McGovern Medical School female student panel, In Her Shoes. They shared their perspectives and experiences with regards to culture, religion, gender, sexuality and more.
Health Careers Academy Kickoff
Recently, Yes Prep East End and Cesar Chavez High School accompanied us for the 2017-2018 Health Careers Academy (HCA) Kickoff event. More than 50 new high school students are looking forward to learning more about different health professions, Starting in November, UTHealth students will be mentoring each of the school’s campuses to facilitate engaging health related workshops with 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.
Dr. Pedro Mancias and his family graciously hosted the annual Welcome Lunch for new members and officers of Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA). The ODI holds this annual event to foster collaboration and mentorship among the newest members of these organizations.
Minority Faculty Mixer
Our annual Diversity Faculty Mixer, with special guest, Dean Barbara Stoll, was a huge success. Over 50 UTHealth faculty members mingled at Third Coast. Attendees were given an opportunity to engage with other faculty while sharing perspectives and advice on academic success.
Spring Health Careers Academy Finale
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion held the Spring Health Careers Academy Finale at McGovern Medical School this Monday, April 17th. We had the participating students from Chavez High School and YES Prep East End visit our campus for a day full of activities that included tours, Gross Anatomy Lab and speakers from the School of Dentistry and The School of Nursing. Our Health Career Academy (HCA) Mentors that actively went to the schools throughout the school year, joined the high school students for this event.
Spring Diversity Awareness Week
UTHealth McGovern Medical School’s classrooms and lecture halls were filled with students, faculty and staff during the dynamic Spring Diversity Awareness Week Celebration.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcomed Dr. Georges Benjamin, Director of the American Public Health Association on Monday, April 3rd. As executive director of the American Public Health Association since 2002, Dr. Benjamin has excelled in leading America to be the healthiest nation in one generation.
On Tuesday, April 4th the room filled as students, faculty and staff came to hear the story of one of our very own UTHealth resident, Dr. Tamika Cross. She shared the story of how one person’s unconscious bias towards her nearly prevented her from saving a man’s life. #WhatADoctorLooksLike
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcomed Dr. Lex Frieden on Wednesday, April 5th. An educator, a researcher, and a disability right’s activist. Dr. Frieden shared his story and his journey towards the Disabilities Rights Act.
We concluded our week celebration on Thursday, April 6th with our Perspectives of Immigrant Physicians Panel. Drs. Amrou Sarraj, Yoshua Esquenazi, Daniela Ovadia Pena, Rajan Patel, and Jay-Jiguang Zhu shared their stories of how they came to the United States.
For videos of the events, please click here.
UTHealth Pre-Health Professions Conference
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with SNMA, hosted the first UTHealth-wide Pre-Health Professions Conference. Representatives from all six UTHealth schools (McGovern Medical School, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, School of Biomedical Informatics and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences) came to promote their programs! We had an amazing turnout with over 100 college students from very diverse backgrounds coming from all over Texas. The visiting students spent time in the Gross Anatomy lab with current students, toured our campus and interacted with deans and student representatives from each school.
Annual Black History Month Program
In collaboration with the Student National Medical Association, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion commemorated Black History Month with the Annual Black History Month Program on Monday, February 6th. Attendees were treated to musical selections from special guests and a poignant address – Celebrating the Impact of African Americans in Medicine – by our distinguished keynote speaker, Dr. Gavin Davis.
LMSA Southwest Regional Conference 2017
The UTHealth Latino Medical Student Association Chapter and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted the 2017 Southwest Regional Conference at McGovern Medical School. The conference had a great turnout! About 100 college students whose aspirations are in medicine gather for this event on January 28, 2017. Students were able to attend tours, panels, and guest speaker lectures. Information regarding the admission process was also provided.
Welcome Dinner for New Medical Students
Over 40 students and faculty members came out to dinner to get to know one another and get to know our office! New members from LMSA and SNMA got to mix and mingle with each other and UTHealth faculty members over tasty food!
Successful JAMP Summer Program
This past summer, we hosted 19 Joint Admissions Medical Program students from all over Texas. The students were here to dive head-first into pre-medical activities including Standardized Patients, Surgical Clinical Skills Lab and Gross Anatomy Lab. By far the most popular activities were the preceptorships. Each student was paired with a UTHealth faculty member and was able to shadow physicians during rounds, clinic hours and even surgery! Students also completed an introductory Biochemistry course, taught by Dr. Eric Wagner and Dr. Phil Carpenter. This summer program is one of many JAMP activities designed to prepare these students for success in medical school and beyond.
Spring Diversity Awareness Week
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion sponsored our Spring “Taste of McGovern Medical School” Cultural Day and it was a huge success! We had faculty and student representatives from a wide array of countries and regions from around the world. They brought various displays and food to help educate our McGovern community about the rich cultural diversity we have here at our school. There was also various panels, blue books and a movie screening to help cap off the 4 days of events. We are looking forward to hosting another Cultural Day in the fall.
Health Careers Academy Kick-Off
McGovern Medical School Office of Diversity and Inclusion launched the Health Careers Academy on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
The Health Career Academy was started in 2008 by Dr. Barry Mann in Philadelphia, PA as an educational outreach component of his work as the Executive Director of the Annenberg Center for Medical Education at Lankenau Medical Center. As the program began to grow and develop, Dr. Mann secured funding for the program through Aetna’s Division of Racial and Ethnic Equality.
UTHealth is partnering with Chavez High School and Yes Prep East End High School. Both of these schools serve primarily ethnic minority students from low-income communities.To kickoff the program we invited both schools to join us at the Cooley Center where they got to have breakfast and lunch, meet their student mentors and learn more about the program!
Students from Cesar Chavez High School and Yes Prep East End High School are shown in front of The Cooley University Life Center during the Health Careers Academy March 2, 2016.
Dr. Pedro Mancias speaks during the Health Careers Academy at The Cooley University Life Center March 2, 2016.
UTHealth Black History Program
The UTHealth chapter of the Student National Medical Association and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted the annual UTHealth Black History Month Program February 10, 2016 in the Fifth Floor Gallery. Dr. Derek West, assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging and Department of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Imaging, was the keynote speaker. Wesley Harris and Asia Hurst, both of the Texas Southern University Debate Team, were also guest speakers.
On February 6, 2016 the McGovern Medical School Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Student National Medical Association (SNMA) hosted over 120 students at a pre-medical conference titled: “The Inevitability of Success: A Guide to Undertaking a Career in Medicine”. The conference aimed to enrich the knowledge base of underrepresented minority undergraduate students about a career in medicine. It was an all-day affair with great interactive workshops, faculty lectures and panels. Attendees were given tours of the McGovern Medical School and Memorial Hermann Hospital, participated in a hands on suture and intubation clinic and got to take part of a mock interview session. One of the conference goals was to target students early-on in their education to provide information about the medical profession and offer encouragement about pursuing a career in medicine. This is one of a few student run pre-medical conferences in Texas and definitely the only one of its kind.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Veterans Day program featuring Dr. Charles Cox titled “What Did I Sign Up For?”. Our very own student acappella group kicked off the program by singing the national anthem to a standing room only crowd! We look forward to continuing to work with the AMSUS and honoring all of those who serve and have served.
Dr. Charles Cox delivers his keynote address “What Did I Sign Up For?” about his deployment to Afghanistan during a Veteran’s Day program at The UTHealth Medical School November 11, 2015 The event was presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.
AAMC Faculty Sponsorships
The Offices of Diversity of Inclusion and Faculty Affairs combined efforts to sponsor 8 faculty members to attend career development conferences hosted by the AAMC this fall.
In September, we awarded Dr. Ronda Alexander – Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Derek West – Radiology, Dr. Amalia Guardiola, and Dr. Andrea Duncan – Pediatrics funding to register for the AAMC Faculty Career and Mid- Career Development Seminars in Atlanta, Georgia.
Just recently, 4 additional faculty members were awarded funds to attend the 2015 AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar in Austin this December. Please congratulate Dr. Danielle Garsin, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; Dr. Consuelo Walss -Bass, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Amber Luong, Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; and Dr. Lara Ferrario, Anesthesiology.
A very special thanks to the departments who covered the costs of travel for their faculty members to attend the conferences.
Congratulations Dr. Pedro Mancias
We are pleased to announce our very our Dr. Pedro Mancias was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor earlier this month! Dr. Mancias also received the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award!
Welcome Dinner for New Medical Students
Over 50 students and faculty members came out to dinner to get to know one another and get to know our office! New members from LMSA and SNMA got to mix and mingle with each other and UTHealth faculty members over tasty food!
“Unconscious Bias in Medicine” MS1 Lecture
We enjoyed speaking to all of the first year medical students in our “Unconscious Bias in Medicine” lecture given during the first week of school! There was also an interactive panel discussion featuring other medical students and patients on why diversity matters.
Successful JAMP Summer Program
This past summer, we hosted 20 Joint Admissions Medical Program students from all over Texas. The students were here to dive head-first into pre-medical activities including Standardized Patients, Surgical Clinical Skills Lab and Gross Anatomy Lab. By far the most popular activities were the preceptorships. Each student was paired with a UTHealth faculty member and was able to shadow physicians during rounds, clinic hours and even surgery! Students also completed an introductory Biochemistry course, taught by Dr. Eric Wagner and Dr. Phil Carpenter. This summer program is one of many JAMP activities designed to prepare these students for success in medical school and beyond.
Diversity of Opinions: Why representation in medicine matters
The Student National Medical Association and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Black History Month Program on Thursday February 19th, 2015 at noon in the 5th floor gallery to commemorate the accomplishments and contributions of people of color in the field of medicine to date. The keynote speaker was UT Houston Medical School Alumnus, Kevin Smith MD, FACS. There were also performances by current medical students.
SAMSA: An Evening of Hope
The UT Houston Chapter of the South Asian Medical Association held its first charity banquet in February. The banquet helped raise money for the Hope Endowment and consisted of a dinner and various performances from our very own medical students.
Our Aspirations in Medical Professions program is off to an exciting start! We have now welcomed two different groups of high school students on our campus to gain exposure to a career in medicine. Students receive a student mentor to keep in touch with them and help them along the path to a career in the medical field. Students also have had the opportunity to go visit our School of Nursing to gain experience and exposure to nursing as well.
OUT for Health Conference
The UT Houston chapter of the GSA along with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted the OUT for Health Conference here on our campus in February. We welcomed over 175 people to the conference! The goal of the conference was to help people form inter-professional and inter-institutional connections extending past the conference to impact real change in the healthcare delivered to the Texas LGBTQ community.
Another Successful Pre- Medical Conference!
On January 31, 2015, the UTHealth chapter of the Student National Medical Association and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted over 150 undergraduate students interested in medical careers. Students participated in gross laboratory demonstrations, campus tours, and engaged with students and physicians during Q & A panels. They also received invaluable information on the application process and life as a physician from our UT faculty.
Fantastic Turnout for Fall Diversity Week Cultural Day
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion sponsored our Fall “Taste of UT Houston” Cultural Day and it was a huge success! We had faculty and student representatives from a wide array of countries and regions from around the world. They brought various displays and food to help educate our UT community about the rich cultural diversity we have here at our school. We are looking forward to hosting another Cultural Day in the spring.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion Welcome Luncheon
Dr. Pedro Mancias and his wife Beatriz, graciously hosted the 2014 Welcome Reception for the new SNMA/ LMSA Students on August 24th at their lovely home. We had a wonderful turn out and enjoyed delicious Mexican food to kick off the school year. Students mingled and socialized with other medical students as well as some faculty members. We are looking forward to continuing this tradition in the coming years.
UT Pan American Visits UTHealth Medical School
Students from UTPA visited our campus this past August to tour our facilities and learn about our programs. Our Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Pedro Mancias, also an alumni of UTPA, enjoyed welcoming these young adults and giving them a passionate talk on their futures in medicine. (photo above)
National Medical Fellowships Primary Care Leadership Program Reception
This past summer, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted the culminating event for the NMF-PCL Program’s Houston externs, alumni, family and friends. This innovative service-learning program provides students with an opportunity to examine the challenges and rewards of primary care practice at community health centers in various cities across the country. This was the first year that clinics in the city of Houston participated in this program. As keynote speaker at this event, our very own Dr. Carlos Moreno gave a passionate talk on the future of family medicine in this current political and social climate. Not only is Dr. Moreno the C. Frank Webber Chair in Family Medicine and the Chairman in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, he is also a NMF alum. To learn more about this program, please visit the NMF website.
Diversity Awareness Week April 2014
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted our First Annual Diversity Awareness Week March 31st- April 3rd. The week kicked off with the “Taste of UT Houston Cultural Day” March 31st in the Fifth Floor Gallery where UT Health medical students sampled foods and learned about the diverse cultures that make up the school’s student body. April 1st was the panel discussion on religious beliefs in health care, followed by a lecture on the importance of diversity in higher education by Dr. David McIntosh, assistant dean for diversity at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine on April 2nd. The week ended with a cultural talent exhibition on April 3rd where students performed various acts that represented their cultures. There is also an art exhibit being displayed in the LRC with artwork from various students and residents here in the Medical School.