The Internal Medicine Program and the Department of Medicine are committed to creating a culture of inclusion so that our residents, faculty, and patients thrive. We strive to be at the forefront of innovation and change. We host several programs that demonstrate our commitment to inclusion, advocating for increased patient access, and celebrating all our identities. Below are short descriptions of our programs; please visit their respective websites for additional information. 


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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Director: Cassandra Fritz, MD (she/her)

The residency program has multiple strategies to increase diversity. One program is the DEI House Staff Council composed of multiple subcommittees that target various aspects of DEI. It works to recognize and elevate how diversity enriches the educational experience, address how physicians can deliver equitable care in medicine, and cultivate an inclusive climate. Residents lead the subcommittees and engage faculty liaisons for incorporation and feedback. Other DEI initiatives include a mentorship program and networking events that allows residents increased facetime with institutional leaders, including Department Chairs, Division Chiefs, and Program Directors.

Forum for Women in Medicine (FWIM)

Director: Rakhee Bhayani, MD (she/her) 

FWIM was created in 2014 to support the professional and personal development of the women trainees in the Department of Medicine. 

OUTmed: Forum for LGBTQIA+ People and Their Allies

Director: Anthony Dao, MD (he/him) 

OUTmed is a Department of Medicine sponsored organization for LGBTQIA+ identified faculty, fellows, residents, students and their allies. It is open to the School of Medicine and focuses on advocacy, research, community engagement, educational efforts, mentorship, visibility and equality in the Washington University and St Louis communities.

Washington University Minority Medical Association (WUMMA)

WUMMA is supported by the Office of Diversity Programs under the direction of Associate Dean Ross. Its mission is to assist in the recruitment of underrepresented minority residents and fellows and to support the professional development of its members.