I am extremely fond of many of our staff, but Dr. Rafael Campo is near the top of my list. He is an excellent physician . . . and poet . . . but also head our Office of Multicultural Affairs. He has written a credo for this office, and I wanted to share part of it with you. I cannot think of a better way to explain the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in a hospital setting. I also love the way he stretches the use of a term from another field, "hybrid vigor," as a metaphor for what we hope to accomplish. See what you think.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs . . . is an embodiment of BIDMC’s belief that the best possible medical community is one in which the maximum diversity and inclusiveness is found. We believe that the best research and medical care occurs in a context where differences are highly valued; that "hybrid vigor" is not just relevant but fundamental to the structure and optimal functioning of human groups. We do not advocate a sublimation of our differences, however. Our inherent tendency to cluster into our group identities is also essential to the preservation and nurturing of each of our unique cultures. Multiculturalism is the search for an appreciation of the richness gained by the co-existence and mutual respect of our differences, as well as an acknowledgment and embrace of our similarities. We feel that these values are essential to the development of outstanding physicians and the delivery of extraordinary patient care.