Diversity/Inclusion in Residency Training

Our program educates trainees on cultural awareness, trains residents in dermatologic conditions in hair and skin of color, provides dermatologic care to marginalized populations, and mentors minority students of different educational levels.  We offer additional resources to residents who are underrepresented minorities in medicine and/or financially disadvantaged.  


Equity Track

We are thrilled to offer residents the opportunity to elect into our Equity Track, beginning July 2022. This track is a collaboration between the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program and the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard and allows our residents to complete dermatology residency training and obtain a Masters in Public Health or Public Administration in 3.25 years. The Commonwealth fellowship is a one year program that facilitates an MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health or MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School with additional mentoring, forums and practicum project in health care delivery systems, minority health, and health policy. We are grateful to Dr. Joan Reede, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at the Harvard Medical School, for her partnership in this exciting new opportunity for our trainees.  Please visit the Equity Track page for more information.

Didactic Curriculum

Cultural awareness series: Faculty led lectures that explore topics such as cultural competency, caring for individuals of different backgrounds, and recognizing and addressing biases in medicine. 
Skin/hair of color series: Faculty led lectures that focus on the diagnosis and management of dermatologic conditions more prevalent in persons of color.
Quarterly Educational Series on Racism and Social Justice in Medicine for faculty, residents and staff


Clinical Curriculum

Barbara McInnis House/Boston Healthcare for the Homeless ProgramOutpatient and inpatient dermatologic care of patients experiencing homelessness.
BIDMC Skin of Color Clinic
Boston Children's Hospital Pediatric Dermatology Student Run Clinic: Monthly access clinic for underinsured children staffed by Harvard medical students, dermatology residents and BCH faculty
BWH Cutaneous Sarcoidosis and Granulomatous Diseases Clinic  
BWH Skin of Color Dermatology ProgramDermatology care to patients with darker skin, including patients of Asian, African American, Arab and Hispanic backgrounds. 
BWH Vitiligo Clinic
Cambridge Health AllianceDermatology care in a neighborhood clinic setting with an ethnically and racially diverse population. 
Fenway Health Center: Dermatology care with an emphasis on the care of members of the LGBTQ community. 
Hansen Clinic at Lahey: Clinic focused on the care of patients with leprosy 
MGH Multi-Ethnic Skin and Pigmentary clinicClinic addressing the unique needs of patients with pigmentary disorders and darker skin tones. 
MGH Multi-Ethnic Skin Laser ClinicLaser and procedural clinic addressing the unique needs of patients with pigmentary disorders and darker skin tones. 
MGH Chelsea Health Center and BIDMC ChelseaDermatology care in a neighborhood clinic setting with an ethnically diverse population. 
VA Clinic, West RoxburyOutpatient and inpatient care of veterans. 

Outreach Opportunities

AAD SPOTT Skin Cancer Screening:  A number of skin screening clinics are coordinated throughout the year, geared toward providing this service to underserved and diverse populations. 
Navajo Reservation, Shiprock NM:  One to two-week clinical experience providing dermatological care to this underserved population. 
Project Phoenix: Pro bono tattoo removal for individuals leaving gang culture. 
Telehealth at Cambridge Health Alliance
Telehealth at Nantucket Cottage Hospital
skin cancer screening


Mentoring Opportunities


Biomedical Sciences Careers ProgramBiennial conference mentoring students interested in biomedical sciences from high school to graduate level
MGH Youth ScholarsLongitudinal program that introduces health careers to gifted inner city high school students.  

MGH Youth Scholars

Inaugural year of MGH Youth Scholars Dermatology Curriculum


Resources for URiM and financially disadvantaged residents

Conference scholarships: In partnership with BWH and MGH, we provide financial scholarships for URiM residents to attend SNMA and LMSA conferences.  
Salary stipend: Partners GME provides an additional stipend to financially disadvantaged trainees who meet eligibility criteria.