Diversity, equality, and inclusion are core values for the UC San Diego Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology and the Shiley Eye Institute. We aim to promote a culture of equality across every segment of our workplace. Empowering all individuals and encouraging diverse representation will enhance our ability to serve our communities in the clinic locally and globally, perform groundbreaking research, and inspire teaching for the next generation of physicians and scientists in vision and eye care.
We are working in conjunction with UC San Diego Health Sciences and School of Medicine as well as the UC San Diego campus to address systemic inequities. As part of this effort, we are engaging in a range of training programs and initiatives. We also have mentorship programs and outreach activities for trainees and staff from traditionally under-represented groups. We welcome your questions about diversity in the UC San Diego Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology at the Shiley Eye Institute, please contact Dr. Sally Baxter (Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For many years, the Shiley Eye Institute and Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology has supported the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program, which provides a dynamic mentoring program for underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students, including one-on-one mentorship, guidance in medical career planning, networking opportunities, and access to educational resources. Several of our faculty members have also volunteered to be mentors in the program.
The Shiley Eye Institute and Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology also supports diverse medical students interested in vision science and ophthalmology research through the UCSD MSTAR program and a brand-new summer research training program funded by the National Eye Institute. These are both fully funded summer research experience for medical students between their first and second years of training. We have a wide array of ophthalmology faculty who serve as research mentors for this program. Students from traditionally underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Sally L. Baxter, MD, MSc
Henry A. Ferreyra, MD
Don O. Kikkawa, MD, FACS
Linda M. Zangwill, PhD
Nathan Scott, MD, MPP
Medi Eslani, MD
Helena Gali, MD
Mark Christopher, PhD
George Villatoro, MD
Shiley Clinic Director
Riley Thomas, MBA
Rafaella Penteado, MD
We are actively engaged with institutional initiatives related to diversity, including the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Sub-Committee on Diversity as well as the UCSD Health Anti-Racism and Diversity Task Force. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding diversity initiatives across UCSD specifically relevant to medical students and GME trainees.
Whether you are a medical student, resident, or fellow, we have an abundance of JEDI resources here at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Here are some frequently asked questions but if you have any additional questions not listed here, please reach out to Charles Goldberg, MD or Daniel Lee, MD, PhD .
Information about diversity and inclusion is available through multiple venues. First, there are several websites available that provide information about diversity initiatives across the entire campus (diversity.ucsd.edu) and the (School of Medicine). Many departments have their own websites as well.
Virtually all departments at UCSD have identified an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) ambassador, typically a faculty member who spearheads diversity-related initiatives in their areas/specialties and also collaborates with various entities across the medical school.
There are several active affinity organizations for UCSD medical students. These include:
UCSD also offers a curricular pathway called Program in Medical Education – Health Equity (PRIME - HEq), which part of a system-wide effort at the University of California to train physicians better able to meet the needs of the diverse Californian population who are traditionally underserved by the medical system. PRIME-HEq faculty work with students to identify populations or communities at risk for health disparities. Students will then receive exposure, training, and the opportunity to work with the identified group to further their passion in the area and provide knowledge and skills to better equip the students to improve health equity for the group.
Yes, UCSD has several diversity-related initiatives that span the institution and reflect the deep institutional commitment and investment in these issues. These are just a few examples:
Yes! UCSD residents and fellows participate in a peer mentoring program called RISE: Residents In Solidarity with Emerging Leaders. This program is geared toward medical students from under-represented backgrounds in their clinical years. They are paired with residents or fellows, including under-represented minorities and allies, who are only a few years ahead of them in training. While the program started in internal medicine, it has now expanded to include multiple specialties and departments.
Residents and fellows can also network and develop peer mentoring relationships with each other through the San Diego House Staff Association which is an independent union that includes all specialties within its membership ranks. SDHSA organized multiple social events and community-building activities throughout the year.
Yes, the patient populations whose care teams include medical students, residents, and fellows at UCSD are diverse in many ways. Not only is there a wide range of pathology and practice settings, but patients at UCSD also come from all backgrounds and represent a diverse range of racial and ethnic groups, sexual orientation and gender identities, religious and cultural backgrounds, languages, and more. The surrounding region is a thriving metropolitan area, and with the international border only 30 minutes away, local health is global health here in San Diego.
Diversity, equality, and inclusion are core values for our department. This committee is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment for patients, employees, and trainees alike. We aim to promote a culture of equality across all segments of our workplace. Empowering all individuals and encouraging diverse representation will enhance our ability to serve our communities, perform groundbreaking research, and inspire teaching for the next generation of physicians and scientists in vision and eye care.
UC Campus Diversity Efforts
UCSD Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion
UCSD School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships
UCSD Student National Medical Association
UCSD Black Resource Center
UCSD Latino Medical Student Association
UCSD Women’s Center
UCSD Hispanic Center of Excellence
UCSD LGBT Resource Center
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