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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.

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.  

 

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.


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.  

 

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

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.  

 

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.  

 



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