s part of its strategic plan, AACOM established a Diversity Committee in 2015 with the goal of developing underrepresented minority interest in pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine, increasing the diversity of applicants to the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), and sharing resources to support prospective and current minority DO students as they navigate through medical school. The Diversity Committee consists of select AACOM staff members and appointed representatives from the nation’s COMs.
In 2015, the Committee launched and now manages AACOM’s Diversity in Osteopathic Medical Education web section. In addition, it spearheads AACOM-sponsored programs that promote diversity, including the Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship for underrepresented minority DO students. Each year, AACOM awards financial scholarships to at least one newly accepted DO student and one continuing osteopathic medical student. This year, AACOM awarded five scholarships to outstanding underrepresented minority DO students. Read their bios and award-winning essays.
Inaugural Diversity Committee Meeting Slated for December 2016
AACOM will host its first official Diversity Committee Meeting with representatives from twenty-one of its member colleges on Monday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 6 at the Association’s headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD. The winter meeting will:
- Provide a forum for sharing best practices in diversity programs at each of the colleges, as well as information gathering from the COMs
- Aid in setting the goals of the Committee and plans for continuing its work in diversity
- Join efforts to increase the amount of funding and number of scholarships awarded to DO students
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) will also join AACOM for part of this inaugural meeting.