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Diversity in Osteopathic Medical Education

AACOM strives to create and maintain a climate that recognizes differences and commonalities, while understanding, and engaging in intentional experiences that nurture acceptance of diverse ideological viewpoints, socio-economic status, racial/ethnic makeup, religious believes, sexual orientation and equity. We are committed to educating and training more osteopathic physicians who embody the fabric of our nation, not only to address disparities in healthcare, but also, to improve the overall health of all people. At AACOM, we have an ongoing commitment to Increase faculty and staff awareness and understanding of issues of diversity and inclusion through professional development programs. Review the resources below and help make a difference.


Finding a Cure: An Open Discussion on Racism and Injustice in the American Healthcare System

 
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The event featured several 12- to 15-minute panel discussions on the following topics:

  • Introduction by Robert A. Cain, DO, FACOI, FAODME, AACOM's President and CEO
  • Impact upon the Learner – presented by Chantel Thompson, SNMA President Elect, Student National Medical Association
  • Impact upon the Healer – presented by William McDade, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, ACGME
  • Impact upon Medical Education – presented by Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, Former Dean, first African-American woman to become dean of a medical school
  • Impact upon Societal Health – presented by Darla Spence Coffey, PhD, MSW, President and CEO of the Council on Social Work Education
  • Impact upon Mental Health and Well-being – presented by Brian Smedley, PhD, Chief of Psychology in the Public Interest and Acting Chief Diversity Officer for the American Psychological Association

The webinar was moderated by Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, Chief Diversity and Community Relations Officer at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).

Profiles

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Beyond Skin Deep: Promoting Diversity in Medical School

Barbara Ross Lee, DO, the first female African American to be appointed dean of a U.S. medical college, explains why increasing diversity in medical school helps everyone. Read.

Tour for Diversity
on Osteopathic Medicine

Tour for Diversity's mission is to educate, inspire, and cultivate future physicians of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by forming local connections to fulfill a national need. Watch.

An Interview with 
Joseph Johnson

Hear this DO student's inspiring story as he shares his passion for osteopathic medicine and addresses the unique challenges facing medical students from diverse backgrounds.
Listen.


Perspectives on Diversity


DO Students Define Diversity      Length: 01:16
Created by AACOM's Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP).



AACOM in Action



Resource suggestions?            Please email: diversity@aacom.org

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Share your story

Hear this DO student's inspiring story as he shares his passion for osteopathic medicine and addresses the unique challenges facing medical students from diverse backgrounds.
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