Diversity is a priority for MGH. As a results of the commitment of hospital leadership, MGH has a first of its kind Multicultural Affairs Office (MAO), whose mission is to promote excellence through diversity by recruiting, retaining, and developing the increasing number of underrepresented minorities training and staying at Mass General. Over the past 21 years, MAO has grown enormously and has developed numerous initiatives to support and advance the careers of students, trainees, and faculty alike. The President of MGH, Peter Slavin, co-chairs MAO's Advisory Board and sponsors numerous awards and programs run by MAO. In addition, the Organization of Minority Residents and Fellows (OMRF) participates in meetings with hospita leadership to discuss concerns and feedback about URMs at MGH. Across the hospital, employeesfrom different res gather with peers with common backgrounds and interests as part of our resource and networking groups: the Office for Women's Careers, Association of Multicultural Members of Partners, the Committee for Latino Initiatives, the Chinese Staff and Scientists Association, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Employee Resource Group. Hospital-sponsored celebrations of Black History Month, Latino Heritage Month, Iftar, Diwali, and Chanukah are held annually. The MAO also sponsors numerous programs that help create social and career networks among URMs within MGH, including an annual gala, monthly networking vents, career development series, alumni reunions, and community outreach efforts.

MGH cares for a diverse patient population. More that 14% of MGH's inpatients ad 22% of outpatients are Latino or African-American. Our community health center in Chelsea is composed of 60% Latino patients. Since 2008, MGH has provided inpatient and outpatient care to patients from 151 countries in the world, including patients from 18 Latin American, 18 Caribbean, and 33 African countries.

MGH Neurology resources. The MGH Neurology Department Community Health, Diversity and Inclusion (CHDI) Initiatives include a 20+ person diversity committe, quarterly mentorship series, an annual diversity scholar award, an annual diversity celebration, multiple programs to increase access to care for patients (including a homeless clinic, Spanish-speaking clinics, Neurology clinics at community health centers, telemedicine across New England), educational activities for communities to learn more about neurologic conditions, as well as program to engage youth in Neurology and STEM careers. As a trainee, there are opportunities to pursue health services research, volunteer, and benefit from a variety of MGH/HMS diversity initiatives such as networking events and career development awards. For more information, please contact Nicte I. Mejia, M.D., M.P.H, Director, Diversity and Community Outreach Initiatives, Department of Neurology, MGH. nmejia@partners.org and 617-643-1364.