Diversity Statement

The Department of Family Medicine values diversity and inclusion. We believe that a multicultural community adds valuable perspective to intellectual discourse and academic development and leads to excellence in patient care, education and research. To this end, we formed a Diversity Committee in Spring 2016 to articulate our commitment to diversity. Our priorities include:

  • Infrastructure: Establish a diversity committee with joint membership including faculty, administration, medical students and educators, and residents to implement and sustain diversity efforts.
  • Recruitment: Improve efforts within the department to recruitt a more diverse faculty and resident applicant pool; efforts include search training, policy creation and implementation, trainee outreach, and pipeline programs.
  • Retention: Establish programs to help new and existing faculty members advance their careers; maintain mentorship program and expand faculty development activities; streamline appointment and promotions process.
  • Communications: Develop a thoughtful and expansive communications outreach effort to promote the values, goals, and programs of faculty development and diversity.
  • Measurements: Track and report metrics on diversity, utilize focus groups, surveys, and other research tools to create to gather information and measure success periodically.

You can read our diversity policy in its entirety here.

We want our faculty to be broadly representative of the patients and communities we serve. As an inclusive department we want everyone to feel valued, supported and integral to the important work we do. Our Diversity Committee’s goals for AY2017 are:

  • Creation of a departmental diversity policy, consistent with policies published elsewhere in the institution
  • Clarification of recruitment practices for URM faculty searches
  • Development of diversity metrics and periodic analysis of diversity across the department
  • Assessing progress and developing action plans for advancing diversity in the department



Chair, Associate Professor: Laura Goldman, MD

Co-Chair, Adminstravie Manager: Danielle Dresner


Department Chair, Professor: Brian Jack, MD

Associate Director, Psychosocial Training, Assistant Professor: Carol Mostow, LICSW

Project Coordinator: Jordan Yarnell

Administrative Assistant: Latia Holmes

Attending, Instructor: Mansa Semenya, MD

Director of Diversity Programs: Maria Wusu, MD MEd

3rd Year Chief Resident: Marielle Baldwin, MD

Academic Fellowship Director: Michelle Dalencour, MD MPH

Assistant Residency Director, Codman Square: Suki Tepperberg, MD

Chief Administrative Officer: Ted Constan


Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center are also proud leaders in this commitment to diversity:



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  1. Duke 2013 Faculty Diversity Initiative: http://provost.duke.edu/wp-content/uploads/Report-Faculty-Diversity-Initiative-2013.pdf
  2. Harvard Medical School Task Force on Faculty Development and Diversity: http://hms.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/assets/Sites/Acad_Clin_Aff/files/FDD%20Full%20Report_FINAL.pdf
  3. CSULB Faculty and Staff Diversity Plan https://web.csulb.edu/depts/oed/policies/faculty-staff-diversity-plan.html
  4. Boston University Office of the Provost Faculty Development and Recruitment Policies: http://www.bu.edu/apfd/recruitment/