It is important to foster and support careers of trainees who belong to underrepresented groups because diverse perspectives and experiences foster academic rigor, creativity, and innovation. In our effort to understand and improve the culture and climate of the Department of Medicine (DOM), the Trainee Inclusion and Cultural Awareness (TICA) Task Force identified issues and concerns related to trainees. The TICA has identified several areas of focus including, but not limited to, community, guidance, advisement, networking, career development, and life-work balance.

To address these critical components and to provide assistance for trainees, we have developed the Supporting Underrepresented minorities for Connections, Community, Engagement, Service and Society (SUCCESS) Program.

The SUCCESS program will provide trainees with support, resources, personalized guidance, and engaging opportunities they need to become successful at WUSM and in their future careers.

The objectives of the SUCCESS program are to provide academic and career mentorship for URM trainees (SUCCESSORs) by 1) facilitating connections with SUCCESS leaders through an online database, 2) providing personalized career development and funding opportunities, and 3) developing community and support.

Co-Chairs: Drs. Jessica Silva-Fisher and Felicia Gomez

Advisory Committee: Drs. Joe Pangelinan, Gabriel Mbalaviele, Amanda Smith, Francisco Ramirez, David Alvarado

Support: Jen Mosher

Overview of SUCCESS program (pdf)

To learn more about the SUCCESS program, please contact Jen Mosher at