Harvard Medical School dean launches diversity task force

George Daley, MD, PhD, the new dean of Boston-based Harvard Medical School, spoke about his vision for the future of HMS Jan. 17.

Dr. Daley highlighted a number of issues, including improved collaboration between departments and institutions.

Claiming HMS must "tackle issues of diversity in a deeper, more substantive way," Dr. Daley said the medical school will launch a new diversity task force. He asked Joan Reede, MD, HMS' dean for diversity and community partnership, to lead the imitative. Edward Hundert, MD, HMS' dean for medical education, and Fidencio Saldaña, MD, HMS' dean for students, will assist the task force.

"It's critical for us to celebrate diversity and to chart a course for improvement so that we can nurture the best minds and remedy the pipeline problem we have in medicine for women and underrepresented minorities, and to interface better with our patients and communities, reducing health disparities," said Dr. Daley.

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