MGH Physician-Scientist Development Award

The MGH Physician/Scientist Development Award is designed for MD and/or PhD investigators at MGH who are considered underrepresented in academic medicine (URM). This award is intended to provide transitional funding for support in the development of physicians and/or scientists who are underrepresented in academic medicine, and thereby increase opportunities for URM researchers to advance to senior positions in academic medicine at MGH.  The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will evaluate the need for this award on a regular basis. 

The National Institute of Health (NIH) released a diversity statement encouraging institutions to prioritize oppportunities in biomedical, behavioral and social sciences for individuals from groups identified as underrepresented.  Based on national data analyzed by the National Science Foundation, the following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research and health-related sceinces:  Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

For the purposes of the PSDA, MGH follows the definition of under-represented in medicine and biomedical research (URM) of the NIH and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  URM groups may include Latino/Hispanic (including Brazilian), African-American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawiian and Alaskan Natives, among others.  Please note that Asians are not considered URM UNLESS they are under-represented relative to the population served, e.g., Cambodian or Laotian.