Celebrating Black History Month

The Department of Medicine Inclusion Council Celebrates Black History Month.  We join the country in celebrating the achievements by African Americans and the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.  In honoring African American culture and accomplishments, we celebrate the achievements of black physicians as trailblazers, history makers and barrier breakers.

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Medicine stresses that diversity drives innovation and promotes health equity. Our mission is to advance the diversity and inclusion of faculty and trainees through education, advocacy, scholarly activities, mentorship, and networking.



COVID-19: Disruptions in Social Connections


Impact of COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Actionable Steps

Providing LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Care: A Case Based Discussion Part 2 

Unmasking Health Disparities Amongst Asian and Pacific Islanders with Breast Cancer 

Leadership, Mentorship, and Promotion of Latino Healthcare Professionals 

A New Yellow Peril Exploring the Histories and Legacies of Anti-Asian Racism in the US  

The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women — and Women to Medicine 

Public Health Leadership in the CoVID-19 Era 

Faith, Health Inequities, and COVID 19 Vaccine Hesitancy in the Latinx Community 

Providing LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Care: A Case Based Discussion 

Ro and the culture club in diversifying the biomedical sciences 

Tales from the Survive Study: Victimization and Adversity in Young Black Males 

It’s Not You, It’s Them: Unmasking the Real Impostor 

Beyond the Binary:  Providing Gender Affirming Care

Gender Equity in Academic Medicine during COVID-19:  Challenges and Solutions

Introduction to LGBTQI+ Health: An Inclusive Approach to Clinical Care

Keep them from harm and injustice: Strategies for providing LGBTQ+ -inclusive healthcare

Resources from Lecture Keep them from harm and injustice: Strategies for providing LGBTQ+-inclusive health care


A conversation on COVID-19 in Chicago’s Latinx Community 


The Racial Caste System and It’s Impact on Patient Outcomes


The Impact of COVID 19 Pandemic on Women and Work Life Blend: Challenges and Call For Solutions

Reflections on Race and Medicine in the era of COVID-19

Navigating an Inaccessible Health Care System

COVID-19 Racial and Health Inequities: Unmasking Existing Structural Violence



This program was started in collaboration with the Urban Health Program of the College of Medicine. First and second  year medical students are paired with a faculty and a resident mentor. Students join the faculty and resident mentor a least once a month in clinic, hospital rounds, and/or procedure. In doing so, they are exposed to the daily practice of internal and its subspecialties. Mentors are encouraged to provide career advice and guide the student through the process of residency application. To date, more than 20 students have completed the mentoring program and several students are engaged in long-term scholarly projects with their respective mentors. We are hopeful that both the quantity and quality of underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities that we attract to the training programs at UIC will continue to increase, effectively establishing a solid pipeline of highly qualified academicians of diverse ethnicities and backgrounds. For more information, contact: diversitydom@uic.edu


The Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois, at Chicago offers a 2-week annual summer immersion program in Internal Medicine and its subspecialties and is offered to underrepresented minority (URM) medical students. During this time, students are exposed to outpatient and inpatient academic internal medicine and internal subspecialties, including allergy-immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology –oncology, infectious disease, rheumatology, nephrology, pulmonary and critical care. Students will also gain community experiences by working with faculty in the local community and nursing home sites. Additionally, students will be given the opportunity to work with research faculty to develop scholarly projects.

  • The Summer Externship Program is offered to all URM medical students at the end of their first year of medical school.
  • To be considered for the program, the student completes an application and one-page letter explaining why they should be chosen.
  • Students chosen for the program commit to a minimum 40-hour workweek for 2 weeks.
  • Exposure to clinical environments in the areas of Internal Medicine
  • Development of a mentoring relationship with a teaching faculty member
  • Introduction to important concepts involving the doctor/patient relationship
  • Participation in a research project which may eventually lead to manuscript preparation

For more information, contact: diversitydom@uic.edu



CHOP is a student run initiative led by members of the UIC’s Latino Student Medical Association (LMSA), the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the College of Medicine Chicago Medical Student Council (CMSC), and other UIC medical students. Under the supervision of Drs. Olga Garcia-Bedoya, Brian Layden, and Claudia Lora, the medical students have worked diligently in organizing health fairs and encouraging community members to become active participants in their own health care. CHOP strives to improve health care access to undeserved communities, while also providing the opportunity for medical students to gain clinical exposure.  We hope to engage students in the care of vulnerable populations and encourage patient-centered, culturally and values-based healthcare. For more information, contact: Olga Garcia-Bedoya, MD – ogarciab@uic.edu or Claudia Lora, MD, MS – clora1@uic.edu



Co-Chair, Inclusion Council
Alana Biggers, MD, MPH, FACP
Assistant Professor of  Medicine, Division of Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Department of Medicine

Co-Chair, Inclusion Council
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy
Department of Medicine

Lisa K. Butler, MPA


Paula G. Allen-Meares, PhD
Maximo O. Brito, MD, MPH
Jorge Cavero, MD
Geri Donenberg, PhD
Ramon Garcia, MD

Olga Garcia-Bedoya, MD
Jorge Girotti, PhD
Patrick Godwin, MD, MBA
George Kondos, MD
Fred A. Zar, MD


Waddah Alrefai, MD
Ashley Binder, MD
Michael Charles, MD
Cheryl Conner, MD
Tirsa Marien Ferrer Marrero, MD
James Flamm, M.Mgt.
Colin Gallagher, MD


Anna Gramelspacher, MD, MA
Shikha Jain, MD
Rachael King, MD
Claudia Lora, MD
Ana Mauro, MD
Alfredo Mena Lora, MD, FACP
Sarah Messmer, MD

Adam Mikolajczyk, MD, FACP
Keith Naylor, MD
Charles Peterson

Anne Polick, MD
Claire Shin, MD
Stephanie Toth-Manikowski, MD, MHS

Andrew Trotter, MD, MPH



The DITF actively participates at national meetings of the Latino Medical Student Association: (LMSA) and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA): These organizations are the largest national meetings for students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. The Department of Medicine faculty serve on a continuous basis as speakers in these meetings as a way to donate resources to these organizations committed to improving the health of underserved communities through increasing the pipeline for a more diverse and inclusive medical field.

Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) residency/applicant mixers: We host mixers during recruitment season to answer questions about our program’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Starting in January of 2016, the UIC College of Medicine’s Office of Health Literacy, has been offering the course “Introduction to Health Disparities, Health Literacy, and Cultural Competence”. Approximately more than 200 individuals registered for the January, March and October sessions. These individuals come from 11 colleges across the university and included students, faculty, residents, fellows, and health professionals.  Topics covered during the course include defining Health Disparities, Health Equity, the Social Determinants Of Health, conceptual models for the aforementioned, health disparities in managed care, the definition of and prevalence of health literacy, core ideas from health literacy research, screening, assessment, and tips for the medical encounter; definition and conceptual models for cultural competence, and strategies for becoming culturally competent and communicating with diverse populations.


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