Commitments, Policies, and Resources From the Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Geisel School of Medicine Diversity Mission
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (Geisel) believes a diverse and inclusive community of students, fellows, residents, faculty and staff enhances our missions of providing exceptional education, advancing biomedical discovery and improving health locally, nationally, and globally. Dartmouth recognizes diversity as relating to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. In addition, Geisel recognizes diversity includes differences in socioeconomic background and other less easily defined measures that comprise the rich breadth of human experiences, talents and attributes. Geisel strives to encompass a wide spectrum of values, tenets, interests and viewpoints in the belief that a diverse and inclusive community is essential to fostering excellence in education, research, health care delivery and the workplace.
The Dean's Office supports efforts for Diversity and Inclusion through:
- The Geisel Diversity Council; a standing committee of the School of Medicine
- The Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
- The Office of Multicultural Affairs
- The Director of Multicultural Affairs
- The Geisel Diversity Liaison for Students and Resident Advising
- The Center for Health Equity
Pipeline Programs for Undergraduate Medical Education
The Geisel School of Medicine supports three pipeline programs (Southern Illinois University's MEDPREP postbaccalaureate program; Xavier University of Louisiana; Middlebury College's Posse Program) that seek to enhance the diversity of the applicant pool.
Geisel Medical Student Organizations Related to Diversity & Inclusion
- The Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
- Medical Education Scholars
- Rural Health Scholars Program
- Urban Health Scholars Program (UHS)
- Lifelines Literary Journal
- Indian Health Services Trips
- Indian Health Research Internships
- Migrant Health Project
- Minority Alumni Speaker Series (MASS)
- MLK Celebration Events
- Recruitment Partnerships to Broaden Diversity
- The DarDar Program (Global Health in Tanzania)
- Cultural Awareness and Title IX training is provided to students, faculty and staff in various forums (e.g., UME Orientation, Dean's Academic Board)
- Clerkship experiences in areas with greater opportunities to interact with minority populations (e.g., Navajo nation, Alaskan native populations, California Pacific Medical Center) and electives with urban homeless populations or underserved populations at the Lemuel Shattuck hospital in Boston.
Faculty Hiring and Search Committees
- Information and policies incorporated in the Geisel Faculty Handbook and the document, Appointments, Promotions and Titles at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth for search committees (Appendix 2) include:
- An initial statement of our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- A requirement that all search committee members for Geisel must take implicit bias training (Project Implicit®).
- Other resources for understanding/mitigating against implicit bias (e.g., AAMC module on exploring unconscious bias) and procedures to optimize fair hiring practices.
- Requirements for all ads to be reviewed by the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and the Director for Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action for Dartmouth College.
- Geisel provides information on venues for advertisements to underrepresented groups (NetID Required) and financial support for search committees to place ads with these organizations/societies.
Other Support for Enhancing Faculty and Staff Diversity and Inclusion
- Individuals should contact the Dean of Faculty Affairs, as the Geisel Dean's Office has either individually or in concert with Dartmouth-Hitchcock and/or the Dartmouth College Provost Office provided resources for:
- hiring diverse faculty and staff;
- consultation through organizations such as Harvard Pilgrim's Culture InSight.
- K-Next: This program seeks senior level postdoctoral scholars and early career physician/scientists who will be supported through mentored K award mechanisms with the expectation that successful candidates will transition to an Assistant Professor faculty position following completion of the award. Although the program is not restricted, priority is being given to applicants who fulfill our goal of enhancing representation of under-represented groups on the faculty at Geisel.
- Fellowships for ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine); support provided by Geisel and Dartmouth-Hitchcock
- Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar, support provided from the Provost's Office
- Geisel, Arts & Sciences and IDE have worked together to set up Dual Career Resources to facilitate finding employment opportunities for partners/spouses of faculty candidates.