Diversity and Inclusion Mentoring Program


The mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Mentoring Program is to provide effective, collaborative mentoring relationships to students who identify as underrepresented in medicine (URM) and to foster an atmosphere of support and guidance with early exposure to pediatrics and academic medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


  1. Engage URM students in the fields of pediatrics and academic medicine
  2. Provide exposure to a post-graduate training experience in pediatrics at a large academic institution
  3. Develop mentorship skills among residents and fellows
  4. Promote academic confidence, personal growth and professionalism through effective mentoring
  5. Increase the number of URM applicants to pediatric and combined pediatric residencies
  6. Increase the number of URM applicants to the Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Mentorship
  • Professional Development Sessions
  • Shadowing
  • DIMP Leadership
  • Mentorship Families
  • Medical student mentees are matched into a mentorship “family” consisting of one faculty mentor and one resident or fellow mentor.
  • Mentorship families are created on the basis of mentee interest and priorities.
  • Mentorship families meet multiple times over the course of a year, with initial meetings centered around goal-setting.
  • Mentee and mentors will participate in four professional development sessions over the course of the year.
  • Professional development sessions will cover a variety of topics including:
    • How to be an effective mentor
    • Financial literacy
    • Imposter syndrome
    • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Mentees have the opportunity to shadow their primary mentor or any of our shadowing mentors.
  • In-person shadowing is currently on hold in light of social distancing.

Faculty Leader

Jasmine Smith, MD, MBA

Faculty Advisors

Patricia Castillo, MD
Yvonne Gutierrez, MD
Fasha Liley, MD
Christopher J. Russell, MD, MS

Keck SOM Program Liaisons

Kairos Llobrera, PhD
Joyce Richey, PhD

Program Directors/Co-Founders

Brigitte Huertas-Arias, MD
Bruke Tedla, MD

Associate Program Director

Alexa Manrriquez, MD

Program Coordinators

Devan Evans, MD
Melissa Rios, MD
Javier Sotelo, MD

Mentee: Jessica Vasquez
- College: UCLA
Trainee Mentor: Dr. Misha Khalighi
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yvonne Gutierrez

Mentee: Fergui Hernandez
- College: UCLA
Trainee Mentor: Dr. Danny Lascano
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Maria Fritock

Mentee: Obianeze Okolo
- College: University of Miami
Trainee Mentor: Dr. Rob Guglielmo
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeanine Hall

Mentee: Kayla Blair
Trainee Mentor: Dr. Kameelah Gateau
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bianca Edison

Mentee: Jacob Gomez
Trainee Mentor: Dr. Connor Mitrovich
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christopher Russell

Mentee: Diana Nielsen
- College: UCLA
Trainee Mentor: Dr. Gabriella Puente
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Claudia Borzutzky

Mentee: Diego Luna Centeno
- College: Portland State University
Trainee Mentor: Dr. Pedro Orta
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Bryant

Mentee: Raul Soto Jr.
- College: UCLA
Trainee Mentor: Dr. Espinoza
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Masrur Khan

Mentee: Erica Duran
- College: UCLA
Trainee Mentor: Dr. Lorraine James
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lily Chattopadhyay

Mentee: Adaeze Obinelo
Trainee Mentor: Dr. Carly Andler
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Fatuma Barqadle

Mentee: Ami Santoyo
Trainee Mentor: Dr. Crystal Bockoven
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robyn Kuroki