Diversity Network

GW Internal Medicine Diversity Network

The GW Internal Medicine Diversity Network

Washington, DC is one of the most ethnically and socio-economically diverse cities in the United States and the community the GW Department of Medicine serves reflects this wealth of diversity.  GW Department of Medicine is committed to meeting the needs of the community we serve by training and supporting physicians from all backgrounds, including those from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine. 

The GW Internal Medicine Diversity Network was created to promote diversity in our training program by recruiting outstanding trainees from underrepresented minority groups and supporting these trainees through residency into their fellowship or career.  

The GW Internal Medicine Diversity Network is a multicultural group of GW Internal Medicine residents and faculty from various departments within the Department of Medicine. 


  • Attract and support trainees from traditionally underrepresented minority groups in medicine
  • Foster an inclusive environment for all trainees
  • Support undergraduate medical students in the local community

The Diversity Network Planning Committee meets regularly to organize ongoing activities to support the Network’s mission.

Network Activities include:

  • Diversity Network Resident Applicant Dinner
  • “How to Shine”: Residency Pre-Interview Workshop for local medical students
  • Intern Welcome Happy Hour
  • Community Service – joint ventures with UMPH and the Rodham Institute
  • Mentorship
  • Resident representation at national SNMA and LMSA conferences

Resident accomplishments/community service

  • Talia Bernal, MD
    • Chief resident, 2018-2019
    • Volunteer, preceptor for GW Healing Clinic
    • Oral and poster presentations for local ACP DC chapter
    • Creator of the Medicine-Education elective for the GW Internal Medicine Residency Program
    • Underserved Medicine and Public Health(UMPH) scholar
  • Ivan Peña, MD
    • Matched into Cardiology Fellowship at North Shore-LIJ
    • Poster Presentation winner, American College of Physicians National Meeting 2017
    • Multiple accepted abstracts/poster presentations at national conferences
    • First resident volunteer to participate in the GW Heart and Vascular Institute's Medical Mission in Honduras
    • Underserved Medicine and Public Health(UMPH) scholar

Interested in learning more about upcoming events, connecting with the Diversity Network, or joining the Diversity Network planning committee? 

Contact us at domdiversity@email.gwu.edu.


Chavon Onumah

Diversity Network Planning Committee
Faculty Co-Chair

Chavon Onumah, MD, MPH, FACP, AAHIVS

Diversity Network Planning Committee
Resident Co-Chair

Talia Bernal, MD