Marcelle M. Willock, MD, Faculty Development & Diversity Program

Photo: Marcelle Willock, MD. A light-skinned, older Black woman with light brown hair smiles and poses in the hallway of a bright, sunlit hospital. She wears a blue floral blouse, grey jacket, and black pants.

Marcelle M. Willock, MD was Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology at the Chobanian & Avedisian SOM. A 1962 graduate of Howard University College of Medicine, she is the first African-American woman to achieve Emeritus status at the Chobanian & Avedisian SOM. Serving as Chair of Anesthesiology from 1982-98, Dr. Willock was among the first women of color to lead an academic and clinical department in the United States. After leaving the Chobanian & Avedisian SOM, Dr. Willock became the first female Dean of Charles Drew University College of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, where she retired in 2005. An advocate for civil rights and diversity, she has collaborated with many programs addressing healthcare inequities and the fair treatment of gender, racial, and ethnic underrepresented groups in medicine.

Marcelle M. Willock, MD, Faculty Development and Diversity Program (MWP) is a longitudinal leadership and career development program dedicated to Marcelle Willock. Faculty members from the BU Medical Campus (Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Dentistry) are welcome to apply. This program provides faculty with community and a sense of belonging at BUMC. In addition, MWP helps faculty develop strategies to advance their careers and skills and navigate the complexities of academic health sciences. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify with groups that have been historically underrepresented in medicine and health sciences as defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NIH defines under-represented racial and ethnic groups in the biomedical sciences as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Program Directors: Sheila E. Chapman, MD, and Ricardo Cruz, MD, MPH.

2024-25 Applications are now open from April 1st to May 31st, 2024.

You cannot save your application once you have started it, so please prepare your answers in advance. A Word version of the application is available here.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Enhance peer mentoring and sense of community among faculty members
  • Develop a better understanding of the institutional culture of BUMC
  • Enhance leadership and career development skills identified by participants as areas for development
  • Engage in meaningful discussions about the experience of navigating academic health sciences
  • Contribute to efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive environment at BUMC

Target Participants:

Faculty from the BU Medical Campus

  • Sessions are 1.5 hours from Oct to June on Thursdays 4:30 – 6 pm
  • Participants commit to actively participate in at least 8 of the 10 in-person sessions
  • Meet Sheila ChapmanRicardo Cruz 2x/year for individual development planning
  • Meet Emelia Benjamin 1x/year for CV consultation
FY25 Dates:
  • October 10th, 2024
  • November 7th, 2024
  • December 5th, 2024
  • January 16th, 2025
  • February 6th, 2025
  • February 27th, 2025
  • March 27th, 2025
  • April 17th, 2025
  • May 8th, 2025
  • June 5th, 2025

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