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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 beliefs and sexual orientation. 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.


Books on Diversity in Medicine

Black History Month Reading List
AACOM's Black History Month Reading List
Honor and celebrate Black History Month and beyond by reading some of these books recommended by AACOM staff and the osteopathic medical education community. Additional books about diversity in medicine can be found at Amazon.com.


AACOM's Council on Diversity and Equity (CDE)

The Council on Diversity and Equity (CDE) leads and advocates best practices in academic medicine that advances diversity and inclusion at AACOM member institutions, with the ultimate goal of training osteopathic physicians to provide high quality healthcare for all communities.

Council on Diversity and Equity Members Collaborate with NRMN to Create Unconscious Bias Modules
Sep 17, 2020

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) recently released an online self-directed course on unconscious bias, available to all students, educators and practitioners involved in healthcare. 

Development of the course involved a collaboration between three members of AACOM's Council on Diversity and Equity (CDE):  Mirabelle Fernandes-Paul, EdD, Assistant Vice President of University Student Affairs at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP); Linda Grace Solis, PhD, Assistant Professor of Applied Humanities at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM); and Jamboor Vishwanatha, PhD, Vice President of the Center for Diversity and International Programs at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). Access the Unconscious Bias course.

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

 
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Click on the image above to view this program. It consists of several 12- to 15-minute panel discussions on topics related to racism and injustice in healthcare. Watch now

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Profiles

Curtis McInnis, Jr.

  • How Student Leader Curtis McInnis, Jr., Honors Black History Month

    Feb 25, 2022

    Read how Curtis, a third-year medical student and professional development director of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, honors Black History Month and his advice on how the osteopathic medical education community can better support Black health and wellness.
 
Jeanne Nwagwu
  • How Student Leader Jeanne Nwagwu Honors Black History Month

    Feb 23, 2022

    Learn how Jeanne celebrates and honors Black History Month, what advice she shares with others interested in advancing DEI efforts and how the osteopathic medical education community can better support Black health and wellness.

 

Dr. Barbara Ross Lee

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.
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AACOM in Action


Perspectives on Diversity

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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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