Sylk M. Sotto, EdD, MBA, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Sotto serves as the Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity in the Department of Medicine. Her scholarship and research centers on (in)equity in academic medicine. She co-chairs IUSM’s Diversity Council and serves in numerous institutional committees. As a long-time leader in higher education and academic medicine, her involvement at the national level includes the Board of Directors and Diversity& Inclusion liaison for the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM). She is also President-elect of the Association for Administrators in Internal Medicine. With over 1,300 members, the association represents chief administrative officers and senior business administrators in departments of medicine nationwide. She is also an active member of various AAMC groups, ASHE, NADOHE, and POD Network.
She teaches several courses, including Foundations of Clinical Practice in the Spanish immersion program, research ethics, and culturally relevant practices in medicine. In addition, Dr. Sotto interests include faculty affairs and professional development; equity, inclusion and diversity; STEM/medical education; and leadership.
Dr. Sotto holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Colorado State University, a Masters in Business Administration; a Masters in Healthcare Leadership with a concentration in Health Policy, Law and Ethics; and a Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Denver. Her dissertation focused on the experiences of minoritized/underrepresented faculty in academic medicine, including their socialization, mentoring, and professional development.
Dr. Sotto was born and raised in Puerto Rico.
Available for speaking engagements.
(Dis)Incentivizing Patient Satisfaction Metrics: The Unintended Consequences of Institutional Bias. Sotto-Santiago S, Slaven JE, Rohr-Kirchgraber T. Health Equity. 2019 Feb 4;3(1):13-18. doi: 10.1089/heq.2018.0065. eCollection 2019. PMID:30729230
Defining Student Success in Academic medicine. Tori AJ, Sotto-Santiago S, Sharp S, Mac J. Journal of Medical Education. Vol 17, No 3 (2018).
Medicine-Executive Faculty Adm
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Titles & Appointments
- Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Diversity
- Co-Chair, IU School of Medicine Diversity Council
- Affiliate Faculty, Indiana CTSI-Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program
- Affiliate, National Institute for Transformation and Equity
(In)equity in higher education and academic medicine, faculty affairs, professional development, equity, diversity & inclusion, underrepresentation in academic medicine, medical education (UME & GME), STEM education, higher-ed administration and leadership.
Current projects include: learning environments of medical students and residents; microaggressions and implicit bias; socialization into the academy; culturally relevant mentoring; faculty development programs addressing racism and discriminatory behaviors; among topics critical to minoritized populations.
Publishes under: Sylk Sotto-Santiago. (PubMed)
Microarray analysis of peripheral blood cells in pulmonary arterial hypertension, surrogate to biopsy.
Pulmonary prostacyclin synthase overexpression chemoprevents tobacco smoke lung carcinogenesis in mice.
Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
Association of American Medical Colleges
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
POD Network: Professional and Organizational Development -Educational Development in Higher Education