The Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics(BCRP) links the pediatric training programs of Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. With Boston being a minority majority city, both hospitals have at their core a commitment to diversity on all fronts including advancing community outreach, reducing inequitable health care outcomes, and promoting and cultivating a diverse workforce within an inclusive learning environment. This mission is reflected in both institutions being designated LGBTQ Healthcare Leaders by the Healthcare Equity Index as well as the robust network of institutional resources dedicated to reaching these goals.
The BCRP is committed to reducing healthcare disparities and creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of our patient populations. Providing children and families with the very best care requires an understanding of their physical, emotional, and cultural needs. For this reason, we seek diverse residents who possess intellectual curiosity, a passion for medicine, and a compassionate commitment to patients and their families.
The BCRP embraces all forms of diversity including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic background, gender identity, and sexual orientation and life experiences, like being the first in your family to go to college. We also recognize and celebrate that many of us are a part of several of these communities. We are committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse resident workforce and have outlined the following goals:
- To increase the number of BCRP housestaff from underrepresented minority groups, broadly defined as listed above.
- To support trainees that are underrepresented in medicine through faculty engagement, mentorship, education, and resident attendance to national conferences such as SNMA and LMSA.
- To shape the professional development of a cadre of physicians who will become leaders in all aspects of pediatrics including patient care, research, medical education, health care policy and child advocacy.
The council is made up of residents and faculty who come from underrepresented backgrounds, and their allies. All residents and faculty are invited to join the Diversity Council.
The BCRP Diversity Council is led by a faculty member and chief residents each year, the BCRP Diversity Officer and a Diversity Chief Residents. The Council is divided into three working groups that each focus on an important part of our mission and are led by resident and faculty l leaders who are dedicated to these ongoing efforts each year.
Recruitment: Focuses on creating an inclusive environment for incoming applicants while also organizing opportunities for applicants to meet resident and faculty members of the Diversity Council. We offer the following programming each recruitment season to our applicants:
- Diversity Dinners prior to each interview day with residents, fellows, and faculty who are a part of the Diversity Council in a relaxed atmosphere
- Council Connect! The ability to be paired with a current BCRP resident via email should you have any questions before, during, or after your interview.
- Diversity Council Hosting: Stay with a current Diversity Council resident during your visit to the BCRP.
Education: Reviews our curriculum to ensure that we are spending time educating our residents and faculty on topics that will improve their ability to care for our diverse patient populations.
Community: Fosters and supports our community within the BCRP by providing opportunities for mentorship, collaboration with pathway programs within our partner institutions, and ensuring that our residents are represented at national and regional conferences such as LMSA and SNMA by providing financial support for them to attend these important events. We routinely have many events to help bring us together including mixers, and professional development sessions in order to reach our goals above. We also are committed to helping our diverse residents take advantage of specialized programing at national conferences, including participation in the APA New Century Scholars Program.
URM Second Look Day
The BCRP is committed to training a workforce that reflects the diversity of our patient population. As part of our intern recruitment program, we offer a funded second look day for traditionally underrepresented minority (URM) in medicine interviewees, including as defined by the AAMC. The goal of this program is to provide more familiarity and exposure to our program, our affiliated institutions, the city of Boston, and BCRP residents and faculty from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. This sponsored second-look day for URM interviewees has not yet been scheduled, but is usually about two-weeks after our final interview day. It will be a virtual event this year. The day’s program has included introductions from leadership at both institutions, a faculty panel, a candid discussion about race relations in Boston, lunch with residents, individual meetings with faculty, time to explore the city, and a Diversity Council Mixer with invited residents and faculty. The BCRP provides second look attendees with lodging and meals for the visit and financial support to defray travel costs for this event. However, this year the event will be virtual so no travel will be required.