Advancing Health Equity, Advocacy, & Diversity (AHEAD)

Graphic Design by: Priyesha Bijlani, MD

Welcome to our DEI resource page!! Here you can find information regarding our various DEI initiatives, upcoming events, resources, and ways to get involved.


Advancing Health Equity, Advocacy, & Diversity (AHEAD)

Graphic Design by: Megan Haggerty

The goal of this initiative is to educate our residents in topics surrounding the DEI space as well as provide them avenues to become advocates in our community.

We give lectures on various DEI topics such as microaggressions and common terms in the DEI space. During our dedicated Friday School block, we aim to instill lectures dedicated to health care disparities related to the theme of the block.

RISE Near-Peer Mentorship Program
(Residents in Solidarity with Emerging Leaders)

A near-peer mentorship program that pairs MS3 with current residents across various specialities to help them succeed in their clerkships. This program continues to expand this year and there will be opportunities to be a mentor for our wonderful medical students!

Graphic Design by: Cathy Cichon, MD @DocsSribbles

UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic

Established 20 years ago and currently run by Dr. Ellen Beck. This clinic is primarily managed by UCSD primary care physicians and UCSD medical students. However, residents & faculty across various specialties, as well as pharmacists, nurses, translators, social workers, and many more groups of volunteers join these weekly clinics to help care for those in our community.

Our residents have the opportunity to participate in this clinic during their 2 week underserved medicine rotation, and can even precept here as part of the RACE Track pathway! Many of our residents also choose to volunteer at this clinic during their free time!


Diversity Mixer

Come join us for an intra-departmental diversity mixer 10/19! This is an opportunity for YOU, our residents to learn more about the affinity groups at UCSD School of Medicine, and what ways you can get involved. Groups that will be present include SNMA, LMSA, APAMSA, LGBTQ-PhaM and more! Keep an eye out for the zoom link and reminder via email!

Grand Rounds with Dr. Kimberly Manning

Dr. Manning is a renowned Med-Peds clinician-educator at Emory, whose primary site is at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. A phenomenal physician and nurturing teacher, Dr. Manning is also a national leader in promoting DEI initiatives in the field of medicine, which she does through her well-known blog, and her twitter account @gradydoctor. She is also an executive producer for the podcast: “The Nocturnists“.

Grand Rounds with Dr. Michelle Evans

Dr. Michele K. Evans, an internist and medical oncologist, serves as Deputy Scientific Director, NIA as well as the Training Director for the NIA Intramural Research program. Trained as a physician scientist, she conducts epidemiologic clinical research in health disparities and basic bench research on the biology of health disparities and minority aging.

To learn more about Dr. Evans, you read more about her life, career, and research on the NIH website: In addition to this, you can check out her perspective piece for the NEJM which includes a downloadable interview (audio file) in which she discusses the impact of COVID-19 on minority communities.


JEDI Virtual Open House

The UC San Diego office of Graduate Medical Education and EDI committee will be hosting a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) virtual open house for students and residents applying to UCSD training programs.  The next open house will be Wednesday October 27th, 5-6p (Pacific Time)There will be one additional open house in January (details TBD).

  • The virtual open house will feature a formal overview of the efforts and activities taking place across UC San Diego to promote JEDI – provided by a panel of informed UCSD representatives. 
  • This will be followed by an informal breakout room where UCSD trainees and prospective applicants can meet to discuss individualized experiences and perspectives in a safe and confidential space. 
  • Faculty will not participate in breakout rooms so that prospective applicants can feel comfortable asking candid questions without worrying how the conversation may impact their chances of matching at UCSD.  

When:October 27, 2021 5-6 PMPacific Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: JEDI Open House 

Please click the link below to register for the webinar:


The DEI Shift

In Spring of 2020, three UCSD residents led by Med-Peds resident Dr. Pooja Jaeel, came together with members of Southern California’s ACP leadership in order to create a podcast focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the world of medicine.

Drs. Pooja Jaeel (Med-Peds PGY4), Maggie Kozman (Med-Peds graduate 2020), and DJ Gaines (Chief Resident for UCSD’s Internal Medicine program) continue to work as senior or executive producers of this podcast as its growth, and the sharing of its stories, continues. You can learn more about the DEI shift at, or go straight to buzzsprout to download episodes for whatever application you use to listen to podcasts!


General Resources

DEI Resident Resource Repository
Community Outreach Resource Doc
Support Black-Owned Businesses in San Diego

Medical Spanish Resources

Spanish in the Medical Field (YouTube video)
Medical Spanish (podcast)
Practicing Spanish

Language Proficiency Assessment

Do you speak a language other than English? Request a proficiency test by emailing (CC: In the email, you’ll need to include your name, the date/time you’d like to schedule your assessment, your phone number, and the language(s) to be assessed. You will receive an email confirmation. The assessment is a 30-minute phone evaluation that tests your ability to listen, understand, speak, and be understood in medical situations. Once the results are back, the UCSD Interpreter Services will reach out to you. If you pass the assessment, you will be allowed to communicate with your patients in the certified language.

Thanks for checking us out! If you have any specific questions, or as residents want to get involved in any particular initiatives, please reach out to the Chief Residents!