How do students experience medical school when they don't see faculty or leaders who look like them? Students need to see role models who tell them that their dreams are possible. There's nothing better than a doctor who comes from your neighborhood, looks like you, speaks your language...to be that constant inspiration for you. My commitment to students is unending. I want them to be excellent students and then excellent doctors. Medical school is incredibly difficult. I want students to know that I've been through it, too. -- Dr. Tonya Fancher, Director of the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce
Although the cooler weather means the semester is coming to an end, we can’t help but remember how beautiful campus looks with the fall foliage. #Repost @instarram_ ・・・ Campus is getting colorful #sacramentofall #fullblownfall
Inclusion is like a culture. It’s a culture of feeling that you get in an environment where you know that people are interested in you and they value your contribution to the group. Inclusion provides folks a space to honestly and sincerely share aspects of themselves they may not otherwise feel compelled to share. My hope is that our research around inclusive learning environments teaches faculty, administrators, and students to understand microaggressions and stereotype threat. Through that understanding, I hope to provide a better awareness of how impactful those interactions can be to their peers and patients. Piri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN Co-Director Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce
Congratulations to fourth-year medical student Christine Nguyen! She has been awarded a significant scholarship from UniHealth Foundation, an organization that promotes healthy causes in Southern California. Nguyen, who is from Orange County and intends to practice there, is a student leader who has been involved with various organizations to improve access to health care in underserved communities.