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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

Statements

AACOM Statement on Racism and Injustice

June 02, 2020


As a nation we just bore witness to the brutal deaths of black Americans at the hands of some of our nation’s police officers. Again. The African American community remains vulnerable to senseless violence even as they are disproportionately dying from a global pandemic made more dangerous to them by the structural inequities of the US healthcare system.

 The shocking and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery in recent weeks have left our communities reeling and searching for answers. These horrific acts cut straight through the heart of our humanity, as we are reminded that racism is alive and well in America.

 Racism continues its grip on our country like an incurable disease failing to respond to treatment. The challenge is how do we eradicate something that is so pervasive, so insidious, hiding beneath the surface until the flames are re-ignited.  

 As a community of medical educators, we are doctors, faculty, learners and staff, at the ready to train future physicians to provide care and comfort, to heal not just the wound but the whole person. We are also people who refuse to stand silent while innocent lives are taken. We choose to speak out against hate and injustice everywhere. We re-commit ourselves to educating and training future generations of health professionals who embody the whole fabric of our nation, not just to address disparities in healthcare, but also to improve the overall health of all people, especially those who are most vulnerable.

 The osteopathic medical education community has an opportunity to be part of the answer, but change won’t happen unless everyone leans in. Listening creates awareness, awareness leads to openness, openness allows room for education and training, and education helps us all to think and act differently. Step one is to engage our staff, learners, faculty and others in an opportunity to not just listen, but to truly hear what is being said. But that’s not enough. It must also lead to other steps to help us actively seek out racism – overt and implicit – so that we can change our practices, reshape our focus and ultimately stamp it out by creating new ways of doing business.

 We call on everyone in our communities to come to the table, as well as hold us accountable, as we work together to find ways to heal not only the body, but the heart as well.  

 


Profiles

Curtis McInnis, Jr.

AACOM Statement on Racism and Injustice

June 02, 2020


As a nation we just bore witness to the brutal deaths of black Americans at the hands of some of our nation’s police officers. Again. The African American community remains vulnerable to senseless violence even as they are disproportionately dying from a global pandemic made more dangerous to them by the structural inequities of the US healthcare system.

 The shocking and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery in recent weeks have left our communities reeling and searching for answers. These horrific acts cut straight through the heart of our humanity, as we are reminded that racism is alive and well in America.

 Racism continues its grip on our country like an incurable disease failing to respond to treatment. The challenge is how do we eradicate something that is so pervasive, so insidious, hiding beneath the surface until the flames are re-ignited.  

 As a community of medical educators, we are doctors, faculty, learners and staff, at the ready to train future physicians to provide care and comfort, to heal not just the wound but the whole person. We are also people who refuse to stand silent while innocent lives are taken. We choose to speak out against hate and injustice everywhere. We re-commit ourselves to educating and training future generations of health professionals who embody the whole fabric of our nation, not just to address disparities in healthcare, but also to improve the overall health of all people, especially those who are most vulnerable.

 The osteopathic medical education community has an opportunity to be part of the answer, but change won’t happen unless everyone leans in. Listening creates awareness, awareness leads to openness, openness allows room for education and training, and education helps us all to think and act differently. Step one is to engage our staff, learners, faculty and others in an opportunity to not just listen, but to truly hear what is being said. But that’s not enough. It must also lead to other steps to help us actively seek out racism – overt and implicit – so that we can change our practices, reshape our focus and ultimately stamp it out by creating new ways of doing business.

 We call on everyone in our communities to come to the table, as well as hold us accountable, as we work together to find ways to heal not only the body, but the heart as well.  

 

 
Jeanne Nwagwu

AACOM Statement on Racism and Injustice

June 02, 2020


As a nation we just bore witness to the brutal deaths of black Americans at the hands of some of our nation’s police officers. Again. The African American community remains vulnerable to senseless violence even as they are disproportionately dying from a global pandemic made more dangerous to them by the structural inequities of the US healthcare system.

 The shocking and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery in recent weeks have left our communities reeling and searching for answers. These horrific acts cut straight through the heart of our humanity, as we are reminded that racism is alive and well in America.

 Racism continues its grip on our country like an incurable disease failing to respond to treatment. The challenge is how do we eradicate something that is so pervasive, so insidious, hiding beneath the surface until the flames are re-ignited.  

 As a community of medical educators, we are doctors, faculty, learners and staff, at the ready to train future physicians to provide care and comfort, to heal not just the wound but the whole person. We are also people who refuse to stand silent while innocent lives are taken. We choose to speak out against hate and injustice everywhere. We re-commit ourselves to educating and training future generations of health professionals who embody the whole fabric of our nation, not just to address disparities in healthcare, but also to improve the overall health of all people, especially those who are most vulnerable.

 The osteopathic medical education community has an opportunity to be part of the answer, but change won’t happen unless everyone leans in. Listening creates awareness, awareness leads to openness, openness allows room for education and training, and education helps us all to think and act differently. Step one is to engage our staff, learners, faculty and others in an opportunity to not just listen, but to truly hear what is being said. But that’s not enough. It must also lead to other steps to help us actively seek out racism – overt and implicit – so that we can change our practices, reshape our focus and ultimately stamp it out by creating new ways of doing business.

 We call on everyone in our communities to come to the table, as well as hold us accountable, as we work together to find ways to heal not only the body, but the heart as well.  

 

 

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.
Listen.


AACOM in Action

AACOM Statement on Racism and Injustice

June 02, 2020


As a nation we just bore witness to the brutal deaths of black Americans at the hands of some of our nation’s police officers. Again. The African American community remains vulnerable to senseless violence even as they are disproportionately dying from a global pandemic made more dangerous to them by the structural inequities of the US healthcare system.

 The shocking and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery in recent weeks have left our communities reeling and searching for answers. These horrific acts cut straight through the heart of our humanity, as we are reminded that racism is alive and well in America.

 Racism continues its grip on our country like an incurable disease failing to respond to treatment. The challenge is how do we eradicate something that is so pervasive, so insidious, hiding beneath the surface until the flames are re-ignited.  

 As a community of medical educators, we are doctors, faculty, learners and staff, at the ready to train future physicians to provide care and comfort, to heal not just the wound but the whole person. We are also people who refuse to stand silent while innocent lives are taken. We choose to speak out against hate and injustice everywhere. We re-commit ourselves to educating and training future generations of health professionals who embody the whole fabric of our nation, not just to address disparities in healthcare, but also to improve the overall health of all people, especially those who are most vulnerable.

 The osteopathic medical education community has an opportunity to be part of the answer, but change won’t happen unless everyone leans in. Listening creates awareness, awareness leads to openness, openness allows room for education and training, and education helps us all to think and act differently. Step one is to engage our staff, learners, faculty and others in an opportunity to not just listen, but to truly hear what is being said. But that’s not enough. It must also lead to other steps to help us actively seek out racism – overt and implicit – so that we can change our practices, reshape our focus and ultimately stamp it out by creating new ways of doing business.

 We call on everyone in our communities to come to the table, as well as hold us accountable, as we work together to find ways to heal not only the body, but the heart as well.  

 


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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