Diversity & Inclusion Council


Mission Statement

Strengthening departmental function and effectiveness by empowering a community where diversity, equity, and inclusion are promoted; enabling everyone to feel valued, engaged, and supported.


Overarching Goals:

  • To renew the structure of and further diversify the departmental Diversity Council and its leadership by mid academic year.
  • To enhance our departmental diversity with continuing efforts to recruit and retain a diverse faculty, and by being intentional about diversity and inclusion during the trainee recruitment process in order to increase successful recruitment of underrepresented individuals by 10% in three years.
  • To strengthen the sense of community across the department by organizing a community activity twice a year to which each departmental section, trainee, and staff group will have representative participants, such that everyone feels valued, engaged, and supported.
  • To increase our cultural competency by initiating at least three cultural sharing sessions over the next year, so that all members demonstrate the knowledge and skills to work with diverse people, to educate diverse students, residents and fellows, and to treat diverse patients.


Current Events:






  • Dedicated residency administrative liaison to Diversity Council
  • Resident liaisons to the Diversity Council

The Department of Radiology Graduate Program in Medical Physics Book Club is held quarterly and is open to students and faculty. The book club is supervised by Dr. Kenneth Bader,  head of the GPMP Diversity Committee, and coordinated by graduate students Inna Gertsenshteyn and Brittany Broder. Book club dates are based on group availability and books are ordered for students/faculty who confirm attendance.

Please contact Inna Gertsenshteyn (innag@uchicago.edu) or Brittany Broder (bbroder@uchicago.edu) if interested in participating.

Diversity and Inclusion Events

Dr. Amber Pincavage - FAME Lecture

On March 15, 2021 at 12pm, Dr. Amber Pincavage, MD provided a FAME lecture: "Minimizing Bias in Narrative Assessment". FAME is a faculty development series whose goal is to support our faculty as educators by providing resources and training in key conceptual and practical skills in teaching and assessment.

Dr. Carolynn M. DeBenedectis – Diversity Grand Rounds Speaker

On May 25, 2021, Dr. DeBenedectis will provide the Radiology Grand Round lecture: “Parental Leave in Radiology Residency – My Journey from Resident Parent to Advocate”.  Dr. DeBenedectis serves as the Radiology Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Education at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. DeBenedectis has developed the first training program in the country to teach and evaluate radiology residents’ communication skills through simulation. Her training program is now part of the American College of Radiology’s official communication skills curriculum for residents.

Elementary Outreach Session for South Side Science Scholars Program

On May 18, 2021, Drs. Carina Yang, Lindsay Yang, Ravi Rajpoot, and Patrick Tran participated in an elementary outreach program in conjunction with the Pritzker School of Medicine as part of the South Side Science Scholars program (S4). The group discussed the pathway to becoming a physician and taught a classroom of 5th graders how to read a chest x-ray! A photo gallery of the Zoom session can be found below. More information can be found about the program here.