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The program is particularly interested in applications from individuals from underrepresented minority groups. Many research projects conducted by the faculty focus on the care of minority and other underserved populations. Harvard Medical School and each of the participating sites are equal opportunity employers.


Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership

The mission of the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) is to advance diversity inclusion in health, biomedical, behavioral, and STEM fields that build individual and institutional capacity to achieve excellence, foster innovation, and ensure equity in health locally, nationally, and globally.

Minority Faculty Development Program

In May of 1990, the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Faculty Council unanimously approved the creation of the Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP). MFDP is designed to support the career development of junior faculty and to address crucial pipeline issues. This includes:

  • Increasing the pool of minority students interested in careers in science and medicine

  • Promoting medical students, graduate students, and fellows to develop the needed skills for success in the academic arena

  • Advancing the career development of junior faculty


Brigham & Women's Hospital

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Cambridge Health Alliance

Department of Population Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital



JudyAnn Bigby, M.D.

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2007-2013

Program Completed: 1983

As Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Bigby served in the cabinet of Governor Deval L. Patrick and directed 16 state agencies, including the state Medicaid program. She was responsible for implementing many of the reforms passed in Massachusetts’ 2006 landmark health care bill. As Secretary, she made access to high quality health care and affordability a top priority, implementing Medicaid policies to support the delivery of primary care and integration of health and human services.
Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Dr. Bigby was the Director of Community Health Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She also served as the Director of the Harvard Medical School Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. Dr. Bigby's work focused on the health care of low-income and minority women.
Dr. Bigby is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Medical School. She completed a primary care internal medicine residency at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle and was a Henry J. Kaiser Fellow in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is the recipient of honorary degrees from Lesley University, Pine Manor College and the New England School of Law.
Dr. Bigby served as President of the Society of General Internal Medicine from 2003-2004.

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