FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager
Office of Government Relations
(Washington, DC) – AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, issued the following statement on the Administration’s reversal of guidance in considering diversity in university admissions.
AACOM is concerned with the Administration’s decision to rescind the U.S. Department of Education’s and U.S. Department of Justice’s guidance on Title VI, which provides information regarding the legal framework governing the use of race by elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools. Since 1978, the Supreme Court of the United States has recognized the importance of racial and ethnic diversity to our nation’s higher education system by allowing race to be one of the many factors considered in admissions decisions, and as recently as two years ago, upheld its ruling.
Educating physicians who are well-equipped to treat all of society’s patients requires an ethnically and racially diverse student body—one that is representative of our country’s diverse communities. We strongly believe conducive learning environments are necessary to prepare medical students to care for the nation’s diverse patient populations. We support holistic admissions processes that enable each medical school to educate future physicians capable of providing culturally competent care. Moreover, AACOM remains committed to fostering a physician pipeline reflective of the nation’s patient populations to meet and respond to the health care needs of all patients.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 34 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 51 teaching locations in 32 states. In the current academic year, these colleges are educating nearly 29,000 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 28 are private institutions.
AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.