Cedars-Sinai values diversity and inclusion, and is committed to building and sustaining a diverse academic community. Diversity is one of the institutional values guiding the pursuit of the Cedars-Sinai vision: to enhance its position as the leading healthcare provider in the Los Angeles area and to rank highly among the nation's most respected, admired and trusted healthcare organizations.
Beginning in summer 2014, the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity partnered with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science to pilot BEPI—originally known as the Summer Scholars Program—a research internship program designed to increase underrepresented minority students' exposure to and interest in pursuing a career in healthcare research. Scholars were paired with mentors according to their research interests.
The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity has supported several faculty members' attendance at these Association of American Medical Colleges Professional Development seminars:
- Early-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar
- Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar
- Minority Faculty Professional Development Seminar
- Mid-Career Minority Faculty Professional Development Seminar
Beginning in 2016, the CS/DGSOM Women's Leadership Program was developed to support and promote female faculty careers through group learning and discussion. The format of the program was designed to encourage the creation of a new network of talented faculty that cross fields of interest. To date, more than 50 female faculty have participated from each campus. Topics have included Crafting Your Elevator Pitch, When to Say Yes and When to Say No, Negotiation Skills, Burnout, Graceful Self-Promotion and other topics related to professional and career development.
The 2019-2020 program will begin in September 2019 and conclude in June 2020. Meetings will be held monthly alternating at both campus locations.
Established in 1995, the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program offers an intensive one-year fellowship of leadership training with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy.
Cedars-Sinai is proud to support female faculty applications for this prestigious fellowship. To date, 3 female faculty were accepted to and completed the fellowship. Application information is distributed to faculty and leadership each year in early November.
Faculty endeavor to enhance diversity within the health system and engage in community benefit activities to increase awareness and opportunity. Several faculty have participated in career days at local middle schools to encourage underrepresented minority youth to consider careers in medicine and science.
The Learning to Lean In Discussion Group is for underrepresented faculty to engage in a variety of academic medicine topics. Past topics have covered:
- Mentoring in Academic Medicine: Does it Work?
- Straight to the Source: Learning to Lean In
- A Conversation with Women Members of the Cedars-Sinai Board
- Negotiation Skills
- Time Management
- Crafting Your Elevator Speech