Residents and Fellows Diversity Initiative (RFDI)

The RFDI held their November 2022 mentored meal with members of the RFDI cohort, RFDI leadership and faculty mentors present.  Several trainees and faculty from the Department of Psychiatry were present.  Attendees included:   Patty Cavazos-Rehg (Vice Chair of DEI, Psychiatry), Jessica Williams (psychiatry resident) and Audrey Coolman (Community Engagement and Health Equity Lead, WUSM Office of Education). Fayola Fears (Psychiatry Chief Resident and former RFDI participant) is also on the current RFDI leadership team.

 Established in 2006, the RFDI serves as the primary effort to improve the recruitment and retention of residents and fellows who are underrepresented minorities in medicine. Residents and fellows participate in a yearlong program designed to increase their sense of belonging within WUMC, receive mentorship from campus leaders, and engage with the community.  For more information on RFDI, go to: