August 12, 2020
Office of Diversity Enhancement Sharing News and Opportunities of Interest
As some of you may have heard, a massive explosion rocked Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, earlier this week. The blast was a result of 2750 tons of explosive materials and is unquestionably one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in human history. The explosion echoed up to 100 miles away and stuck with a force of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake, destroying most of the ancient city.
In addition to this catastrophe, Lebanon has been struggling with several issues over the course of the year including:

1. Increasing rates of COVID-19 infections nationwide.
2. Hyperinflation of the Lebanese pound, losing over 60% of its value (about 50% of the population is
    now below the poverty line).
3. Decades of political corruption and civil unrest.
The explosion resulted in 220 deaths, dozens missing, more than 7,000 injured, over 300,000 people displaced and about $15 billion in damage. However international aid is being held upon arrival and often denied entry. This humanitarian crisis demands attention.
While it will take years to rebuild and recover, immediate help is needed to support the victims. As Lebanese people start to pick up the pieces, I kindly ask you to donate to these organizations and take some time to learn more about the events. If you cannot donate, please continue to educate yourselves and/or sign the petitions available in the same link above. If you want to help but still unsure how, or if you have any other question regarding the subject, you can reach out to me at anytime.
It is often easy to overlook and remain silent about injustices and tragedies elsewhere, but if this year has taught us anything, it is to stand with one another. Recently, I have seen many of you fighting against injustices here in the U.S. I am with you and you inspire me. I hope that you will also recognize the magnitude of the current events in Lebanon and stand with us in solidarity.
I have faith in all of you and I thank you for taking time to learn about this.
Warmest Regards,
Gilbert Salloum, M.Sc.
Graduate Student
Laboratories of Jonathan Backer, M.D. and Anne R. Bresnick, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Pharmacology


Greetings from UCLA’s Office of Graduate Medical Education and the Office of Equity and Diversity Inclusion. You are invited to attend the “Road to Residency 2020,” an open house of our various residency programs, dedicated to underrepresented minority medical students across all years. 

The Road to Residency 2020 Open House event will give medical students the opportunity to learn about residency programs at UCLA, meet residents and faculty of historically underrepresented backgrounds, and engage with leadership from multiple departments including Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neurology, OB/Gyn, Radiology and more! 

The day’s programming will include a welcome from the Offices of Graduate Medical Education and Equity and Diversity Inclusion, a Program and Assistant Program Director panel sharing what programs look for in a candidate and tips on how to shine on interview day, as well as networking sessions with house-staff and faculty from a variety of departments. Every year our resident panel is highly rated and features insider tips for succeeding in residency. The afternoon will consist of workshops including finding mentors and research projects, study/organizational skills, navigating team dynamics on the wards, presentation skills, personal statement review, and zoom interview tips for a virtual application cycle. Our wide array of workshops is well suited for medical students of every year. We also offer tailored mock interviews for 4th-year students applying to residency. 

Road to Residency Open House will help students stand out further, practice networking skills, and sharpen them for their most successful match. The deadline to register is August 21 at 5pm PST. 

Please contact Melanie Bonilla at if you have any questions or are interested in our open house. 

Students may RSVP via here:

Over the past few months, a group of medical students from across the nation have collaborated to build the South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA National), an organization whose mission is to unify medical students and to increase awareness about South Asian health in the United States. Membership for all allopathic and osteopathic medical students is free for the 2020-21 school year. 
We are asking that you share the news about this organization and encourage students to sign up for a
free individual membership.

Please see promotional
flyer for an explanation of membership benefits. 
SAMSA National is also in the process of creating a network of South Asian medical school organizations. If your school has an affinity/culture group for South Asian medical students, please encourage the group to register with SAMSA National (also free). Benefits include:
     Regional and national networking 
     Access to the chapter newsletter with more leadership information 
     Opportunity to collaborate with other student organizations
     Membership pamphlets for student groups to hand out in the fall
     Tools for increasing advocacy surrounding South Asian-specific health issues
SAMSA National has a team that will help students establish a SAMSA chapter if no such cultural/affinity group exists at your school.

Please contact or visit our website for more information.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Office of Diversity Enhancement
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Belfer Building - 507
Bronx, NY  10461

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