Resident contributions help provide engaging BIPOC recruitment events

Since 2021, the Department of Pediatrics has hosted virtual open house events to help residency applicants who identify as underrepresented minorities or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) learn about our program and community.

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of our Department of Pediatrics and our residency training program,” said Mary Ehlenbach, MD, associate professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine and Complex Care and the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the department. “Offering BIPOC residency candidates an opportunity to learn more about life in Madison, our department, and our training program to help them envision being a part of our community has been one of many strategies to try to attract the best class possible.”

“While faculty and staff members are involved in planning and hosting our BIPOC Open House events, it’s our residents who provide a true peer-to-peer experience for our applicants,” said Jenna Contreras, strategic initiative specialist. “The entire BIPOC Open House planning committee thanks the residents who helped plan our events and is grateful for their work and dedication.”

During the most recent residency recruitment season, the following residents helped plan and host BIPOC Open Houses for applicants:

Amal Abd Allah, MBBS, PL3 resident

Adnan Ahmad, DO, PL2 resident

Jessica Davis Bethel, MD, MPH, PL2 resident

Nicole Majachani, MD
Nicole Majachani, MD, PL3 resident