Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Chicago is a world-class institution with deep roots in its local community and a commitment to internal ethnic diversity. We recognize the benefits and importance of a diverse faculty and house-staff and are committed to this University-wide goal by working to increase diversity within the University of Chicago Pediatric Residency Program.

Internationally renowned for breakthroughs in medical research, leading-edge practices, and state-of-the-art facilities, the University of Chicago is heralded locally for involvement with, and accessibility to, its neighbors. As a mainstay in historic Hyde Park on the south side of Chicago since 1892, the university has proudly hosted, healed and educated the area’s dynamic population for generations. Hyde Park is a vibrant, socio-economically diverse, predominantly African American community. At the University of Chicago we are honored to serve a truly diverse patient population that includes the residents of Hyde Park, patients from many other neighborhoods throughout Chicago and its suburbs, and patients referred to our medical center from throughout the country and international community.

We seek to “increase the awareness of the importance of diversity; and to encourage the incorporation of the principles of cultural competence into all aspects of pediatric education, training, and practice.” in alignment with the goals of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

This goal is met through various activities, including:

  • educational conferences
  • social activities
  • resident applicant diversity dinners
  • community outreach
  • The Diversity Visiting Clerkship Program

The Housestaff Diversity Committee

This committee of residents and fellows from all GME specialties works with the support of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Chicago to provide mentorship, educational and networking opportunities.

Research on Disparities in Healthcare

The University of Chicago has many dedicated faculty members pursuing research in healthcare disparities from a variety of aspects. There are many opportunities for house staff or medical students to get involved with ongoing research.  If you require further information or wish to be put in touch with any of the faculty, please contact Dr. Lisa McQueen, Program Director, the University of Chicago Pediatric Residency Training Program.

Research Supplement for Underrepresented Minorities

As part of ongoing efforts to facilitate access to our academic medical center by candidates of color, we are pleased to help raise awareness of this program announced by the NIH in 1989. As stated in the program announcement, it “was established to address the need to increase the number of underrepresented minority scientist participating in biomedical research and the health related sciences”.

A large number of researchers in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago hold grants that are eligible for this administrative supplement. With respect to candidates for residency training, the supplement is ideally suited for 3rd and 4th year medical students (Pritzker or visiting) to support short-term projects here at the University of Chicago designed to promote exposure to health-related research.

If you require further information or wish to be put in touch with physician-scientists here at the University of Chicago with a particular area of interest please contact Dr. Alisa McQueen, Program Director, University of Chicago Pediatric Residency Training Program.

Diversity at the University of Chicago

President of the University of Chicago Robert J. Zimmer’s diversity statement is found here.

If you are interested in issues related to diversity or an interested minority applicant we welcome your questions.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Melanie Brown, Department of Pediatrics Diversity Committee Chair by email at mbrown@peds.bsd.uchicago.edu or Dr. Nate Jones, Housestaff Diversity Committee Representative by email at nathaniel.jones@uchospitals.edu.

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