UCSF Diversity and Outreach Support

Over the past years, UCSF has made a commitment to Diversity within medicine and throughout UCSF. See the Office of Diversity and Outreach for more information.


UCSF-SFGH Emergency Medicine UIM Support

We are committed to enhancing diversity within the UCSF Emergency Medicine Residency program, as well as more broadly in Emergency Medicine and medical fields in general.  Through mentoring, diversity pipeline development and educational initiatives, we hope to increase the numbers of underrepresented healthcare professionals and empower them to be future leaders in medicine.

Our outreach activities include clinical shadowing, one-on-one mentoring, research endeavors and collaborating with student –run organizations such as LMSA/SNMA/EMIG.

Faculty: John BrownRobert Rodriguez, Starr Knight, Marianne Juarez, Evelyn Porter, Kayla Enriquez, Prathap Sooriyakumaran, Julian Villar 

Fellows: Juan Carlos Montoy(Research Fellow), Kaija-Leena Romero(alumna, current Palliative Care Fellow at UCSF)

Residents: Dylan Carney, Karla Canseco, Rosny Daniel, Gabriel Sudario, Josie Valenzuela, Remy Bizimungu, Tiffany Cobb, Tomas Diaz, Lamarr Echols, Joseph Graterol, Michael Losak, Kevin Padrez, Stephen Villa, William White, Sergio Alvarez, Cortlyn Brown, Olga Diaz, Jessica Paz, Jesus Torres, Michael Shelendich

LMSA Liaisons: Karla Canseco, Tomas Diaz, Joseph Graterol, Stephen Villa, Jesus Torres

SNMA Liaisons: Tiffany Cobb, Tomas Diaz, Olga Diaz, Cortlyn Brown

LGBT Liaisons: Dylan Carney, Michael Losak, William White, Michael Shelendich


LGBTQ Support 

In the Department of Emergency Medicine here at UCSF, we are extremely supportive of our LGBT patients, faculty, residents and staff members. We are a diverse department and we cater to an even more diverse patient population.

The UCSF-SFGH Emergency Medicine residency program boasts a five-section LGBT Health Issues curriculum embedded into the weekly resident didactic sessions. Topics include drugs of abuse, HIV and STIs, transgender health and psycho-social aspects of the LGBT experience that are related to disproportionate health effects felt in our community. Faculty and residents from the DEM, UCSF at large and other San Francisco health providers team teach this material and opportunities for research in this area abound.

Our department is not only supportive of our UCSF LGBT family members, but we also recognize domestic partnerships in regards to health and dental benefits. Our faculty, residents and staff remain involved within the UCSF LGBT Resource Center. Several of us participated in the San Francisco General Hospital “It Gets Better” public announcement video catering to individuals struggling with acceptance. We also remain active in several UCSF community initiatives, such as the Underrepresented in Medicine monthly dinners catering to students, the Chancellor’s LGBT Committee and our very own Diversity Committee within the Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

We uphold a non-discriminatory sexual orientation policy to the highest standard and provide training on the specific needs of our LGBT patient population and their supportive family structure. In fact, we are currently the only Emergency Medicine program nation-wide with a LGBT health curriculum.

We gladly welcome LGBT applicants to join our family! We welcome you to explore our LGBT Resource Center website.


Recent Awards/Achievements:

  • Kayla Enriquez, MD - UCSF Watson Scholar Award
  • Starr Knight, MD - UCSF Watson Scholar Award
  • Marianne Juarez, MD - Award to attend the AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar
  • John Brown, MD - Caifornia ACEP Humanitarian Award


Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP)

The Visiting Elective Scholarship Program supported by the Department of Emergency Medicine was established to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine to apply for the UCSF emergency medicine clerkship (EM 140.01). The scholarship program provides up to $1,500 for each recipient.


Upcoming events:

UCSF Diversity and Outreach Events

UCSF Resident, Fellow, & Faculty Diversity Celebration Reception

Wednesday, November 2, 6:00-8:00pm

Aldea Community Center: 155 Johnstone Drive, San Francisco


UCSF SOM UIM Mentoring Dinner Series:

Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm

  • Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 5:30-7:00PM at the Faculty Alumni House, Parnassus Campus
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Medical Sciences, S-214
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at N-217
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at location TBD
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at location TBD