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Medical Education
Graduate Medical Education

Rene Salazar, MD

Rene Salazar, MD.
Director of Diversity, Graduate Medical Education

René Salazar, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. He serves as the Division’s Director of Diversity where he leads efforts to increase the number of diverse residents and fellows in Graduate Medical Education at UCSF.  A native of South Texas, he received his M.D. from the University of Texas San Antonio School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. After residency, he completed a Latino Health Disparities Research Fellowship through the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations at UCSF.

Dr. Salazar joined the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF in 2003. Dr. Salazar is the content leader for the UCSF Social and Behavior Sciences (SBS) curriculum development group. As content leader he’s developed several modules focusing on diversity and the provision of culturally sensitive care, which are taught in the School of Medicine’s essential core (years 1 & 2).  He is the Chair of the Department of Medicine’s Residency Diversity Committee and leads recruitment efforts to increase the number of diverse trainees in the department’s residency training program. Dr. Salazar is involved with many student organizations at UCSF. He is the faculty advisor for the UCSF chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA). He is also the faculty advisor and co-medical director for Clinica Martin Baro, a student-run free clinic, which provides free primary care medical services to uninsured Latino day laborers living in San Francisco.

As GME Director of Diversity, Dr. Salazar works with residency program and fellowship directors as well as campus leaders to recruit and provide support to a diverse group of GME trainees. This includes representing UCSF at various meetings across the US and organizing recruitment efforts during the interview season. In addition, Dr. Salazar organizes several networking opportunities for current trainees and medical students.