The Resident and Fellows Diversity Initiative (RFDI) curriculum is currently being assessed and updated to ensure that we continue providing RFDI members with an exceptional learning experience. Therefore, we will not accept application for this term. Please visit this website again in October 2014 for information about the new curriculum.

The Residents and Fellows Diversity Initiative was established in 2006 by the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation to enhance the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority residents and fellows at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  The goal of the program is to expand the diversity of the house staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital; and ultimately the number of underrepresented minority physicians in the St. Louis community, which will allow Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children's Hospitals to better meet the healthcare needs of our community.  For each academic year, $232,000 will be available for up to twenty-five (25) participants from Barnes-Jewish Hospital and four (4) participants from St. Louis Children's Hospital.  This award will be considered taxable income.   Residents and fellows employed by Barnes-Jewish Hospital or St. Louis Children's Hospital may apply annually as long as they participate in activities relating to recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in conjunction with the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence, participate actively in the mentoring program for trainees led by Will Ross, M.D., maintain regular attendance at Diversity Initiative meetings and participate in community-based activities. Awardees must also remain in good standing in their training programs.

Selection Criteria

Upon completion of the match process, the Selection Committee will consider the following criteria in determining participation in the Residents and Fellows Diversity Initiative:

  • Leadership in developing and supporting diversity and cultural understanding
  • A commitment to, or engagement in community service
  • A commitment to bringing diverse people together (e.g., involvement in recruitment efforts at the National Medical Association or other similar activities
  • A commitment to providing medical care to underserved minority populations
  • Life experiences and/or personal qualities that indicate a special ability to help Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals recruit and retain underrepresented minority residents and fellows

The grant awards for the program will vary from year to year depending on the number of participants selected by the award committee. The awards will be distributed twice a year after successful participation in the program.

For more information about the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Residents and Fellows Diversity Initiative, please call (314) 362-8899. You may also view the program’s brochure.

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