Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD has joined the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Mason will be responsible for supporting efforts to address harassment, discrimination, and other forms of mistreatment in the graduate medical education learning environment, particularly as this impacts inclusion; and, to improve retention and well-being for diverse physicians in training. In addition, she will focus on internal efforts to apply workforce diversity and inclusive thinking within the ACGME.
Prior to joining the ACGME, Dr. Mason was the founder and executive director of Nth Dimensions and now serves as the organization’s senior advisor on its Board of Directors. Dr. Mason designed all aspects of execution and delivery of the Nth Dimensions physician pathway program and curriculum, to decrease disparities in the health care workplace by increasing the number of women and other underrepresented minorities in competitive specialties, including orthopedic surgery, radiology, dermatology, and ophthalmology.
She is also the co-founder/chief executive officer of Beyond the Exam Room, where she has developed a comprehensive, continuing medical education (CME)-accredited business of medicine, career development, leadership, and financial curriculum for young physicians at the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels.
Dr. Mason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Howard University in Washington, DC, her Doctor of Medicine degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, her general surgery internship at the University of California, Los Angeles, and she completed her residency at Howard University Hospital in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery, where she was named Chief Resident of the Year. She served as a board certified orthopedic surgeon and chief operating officer for her group practice in Washington, DC, and clinical assistant professor at Howard University; then as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Louisville; and, is presently adjunct assistant professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in orthopedic surgery and rehabilitative medicine.
She has received numerous honors and awards throughout her career, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery’s Diversity Award in 2015.