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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.

Council on Diversity and Equity Members Collaborate with NRMN to Create Unconscious Bias Modules

September 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).

Development of the course began during the Council’s annual meeting in December 2018. From the onset, the final product was designed to be available to individuals across the full healthcare continuum, from medical students to attending physicians. The team also created a toolkit, which provides those who complete the modules with tangible tips for how to mitigate their own biases. Each of the modules includes opportunities for self-reflection, which the team felt was critical to examine and overcome built-in biases.

“It’s not that these modules will obliterate bias in medicine overnight,” Dr. Fernandes-Paul said. “It will take a lot more for a system to shake off the cognitive shortcutting (stereotyping) in medical settings. It will take more than physicians aware of their own privilege and prepared to be the best allies they can be for their patients. But this is a great start.”

Dr. Solis also shared appreciation for the team, and stated, “The team behind these modules was the most efficient and effective team I’ve ever been on! The entire process was fantastic. Every single team member offered their particular expertise enthusiastically and unselfishly, and the resulting modules showcase the passion and caring of the team.”

From its release date through August 28, 2020, 353 individuals have enrolled in the course. Access the Unconscious Bias course at NRMN's website.

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

September 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).

Development of the course began during the Council’s annual meeting in December 2018. From the onset, the final product was designed to be available to individuals across the full healthcare continuum, from medical students to attending physicians. The team also created a toolkit, which provides those who complete the modules with tangible tips for how to mitigate their own biases. Each of the modules includes opportunities for self-reflection, which the team felt was critical to examine and overcome built-in biases.

“It’s not that these modules will obliterate bias in medicine overnight,” Dr. Fernandes-Paul said. “It will take a lot more for a system to shake off the cognitive shortcutting (stereotyping) in medical settings. It will take more than physicians aware of their own privilege and prepared to be the best allies they can be for their patients. But this is a great start.”

Dr. Solis also shared appreciation for the team, and stated, “The team behind these modules was the most efficient and effective team I’ve ever been on! The entire process was fantastic. Every single team member offered their particular expertise enthusiastically and unselfishly, and the resulting modules showcase the passion and caring of the team.”

From its release date through August 28, 2020, 353 individuals have enrolled in the course. Access the Unconscious Bias course at NRMN's website.

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.
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Perspectives on Diversity


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



AACOM in Action

Council on Diversity and Equity Members Collaborate with NRMN to Create Unconscious Bias Modules

September 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).

Development of the course began during the Council’s annual meeting in December 2018. From the onset, the final product was designed to be available to individuals across the full healthcare continuum, from medical students to attending physicians. The team also created a toolkit, which provides those who complete the modules with tangible tips for how to mitigate their own biases. Each of the modules includes opportunities for self-reflection, which the team felt was critical to examine and overcome built-in biases.

“It’s not that these modules will obliterate bias in medicine overnight,” Dr. Fernandes-Paul said. “It will take a lot more for a system to shake off the cognitive shortcutting (stereotyping) in medical settings. It will take more than physicians aware of their own privilege and prepared to be the best allies they can be for their patients. But this is a great start.”

Dr. Solis also shared appreciation for the team, and stated, “The team behind these modules was the most efficient and effective team I’ve ever been on! The entire process was fantastic. Every single team member offered their particular expertise enthusiastically and unselfishly, and the resulting modules showcase the passion and caring of the team.”

From its release date through August 28, 2020, 353 individuals have enrolled in the course. Access the Unconscious Bias course at NRMN's website.

Council on Diversity and Equity Members Collaborate with NRMN to Create Unconscious Bias Modules

September 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).

Development of the course began during the Council’s annual meeting in December 2018. From the onset, the final product was designed to be available to individuals across the full healthcare continuum, from medical students to attending physicians. The team also created a toolkit, which provides those who complete the modules with tangible tips for how to mitigate their own biases. Each of the modules includes opportunities for self-reflection, which the team felt was critical to examine and overcome built-in biases.

“It’s not that these modules will obliterate bias in medicine overnight,” Dr. Fernandes-Paul said. “It will take a lot more for a system to shake off the cognitive shortcutting (stereotyping) in medical settings. It will take more than physicians aware of their own privilege and prepared to be the best allies they can be for their patients. But this is a great start.”

Dr. Solis also shared appreciation for the team, and stated, “The team behind these modules was the most efficient and effective team I’ve ever been on! The entire process was fantastic. Every single team member offered their particular expertise enthusiastically and unselfishly, and the resulting modules showcase the passion and caring of the team.”

From its release date through August 28, 2020, 353 individuals have enrolled in the course. Access the Unconscious Bias course at NRMN's website.



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