Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Department of Internal Medicine | UC Davis Health

Residency Diversity Committee

What is DICE

DICE is a resident-led committee, with support from key faculty advisors, that is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within our residency, our department, and across our institution.

Diversity is broadly defined and includes race, age, gender, culture, religion, physical or mental abilities, sexual orientation, and many other characteristics. All our residents are invited and encouraged to participate in DICE! We recognize that each residents' experiences and perspectives enrich our program.

DICE Goals

  • Promote diversity and inclusion efforts throughout the residency program.
  • Inform policies, programs, and practices to better meet the needs our diverse community.
  • Provide a network of support and mentorship for residents.
  • Increase the diversity of our residency program.
  • Support resident wellness.

A Few DICE Accomplishments

  • Cafecitos- a series of talks for residents on a broad array of topics (e.g. financial planning, wellness strategies, managing mentorship relationships).
  • Outreach events for URM medical students (panels, open houses, conferences).
  • Active role in intern recruitment: attending lunches, happy hours.
  • Cultivating a sense of community through various events, such as orientation dinner, movie nights, and festivities honoring cultural holidays.
  • Hosting inclusive residency-wide forums to facilitate meaningful conversations and create space for residents to reflect and dialogue about challenging real-life issues (Anti-Black police violence, Anti-Asian hate crimes, supreme court overturning Roe v Wade).
  • Contributing to diversity and inclusion topics to incorporate into the residency curriculum.
  • Establishing DICE representation on the Residency Steering Committee.
  • Started a DEI journal club that fosters critical discussions and knowledge sharing.
  • Collaborating with residents from Emergency Medicine, Surgery, and Pediatrics to create a social justice journal club, promoting cross-specialty engagement and learning.

Contact Us

For more information on our diversity efforts, please e-mail our Faculty or Resident Co-Chairs of Diversity, Inclusion and Communication Engagement, Ignacio Cortina Petrasic, M.D. or Toni Alugbue, M.D.

Our Team
  • Sahand Ghodrati, M.D.

    Chief Resident Representative of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

  • Ignacio Cortina Petrasic, M.D.

    R3 Resident Co-Chair of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

  • Antoinette (Toni) Alugbue, M.D.

    R2 Resident Co-Chair of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

  • Olivia Campa, M.D.

    Director Postbaccalaureate Program UC Davis School of Medicine
    Faculty Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

  • Lisandra Franco, M.D.

    Faculty Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

  • Kristen Kelley, M.D.

    Faculty Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

  • Stephany Sanchez, M.D.

    Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
    Faculty Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement