Diversity and Inclusion Program

The Columbia Neurology Residency Program is in a city and neighborhood (Washington Heights/Inwood) that is incredibly culturally diverse.  As a result, issues of healthcare disparities and diversity and inclusion have always been at the forefront of the mission for the Department of Neurology and the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

To ensure that these issues are addressed in an organized and cohesive manner, the Department of Neurology created the Diversity and Inclusion Program in July 2019. The program is led by Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Carolyn B. Britton, with assistance and input from a Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

What I love the most is training residents and mentoring residents. Not only clinically but around the issues that are so near and dear to my heart – issues of health equity and stroke disparities research.

— Olajide Williams, MD
Stroke attending & Neurology Chief of Staff
Founder and President of Hip Hop Public Health


D&I Committee Goals and Initiatives

Recruitment of a diverse workforce

Promotion of an inclusive work environment

Resident Education on health disparities

Participate in pipeline programs targeting high school, college, and medical students

Mandated training for all members of the department on unconscious bias

Monthly health disparity journal club given by a member of the PGY3 class

Mandated implicit bias training for all faculty interviewers

Diversity and Inclusion Chief, Dr. Carolyn Britton, serves as an ombudsman for complaints  

Monthly subspeciality specific health disparity faculty lecture



Formal implicit bias training is now incorporated into our conference series