In June, the OSU College of Medicine hosted the first celebration in its nearly hundred-year history to recognize graduating medical students, residents and fellows who are underrepresented in medicine. Representatives from various minority student groups, faculty and staff were present to welcome guests and hand out awards in teaching and outstanding performance.
Shining Star Awards for outstanding mentorship were presented to Michael Caligiuri, MD, J. Paul Monk III, MD, Kwame Osei, MD, Melissa Whitmill, MD, Dan Clinchot, MD, and Quinn Capers IV, MD. Leon McDougle MD, MPH, was recognized for outstanding achievement and dedication. In addition, five OSU trainees received NMA/NIH travel awards for academic career development. NaTosha Gatson, MD, PhD, Neurology resident; Katrina Gordon, MD, Family Medicine resident on academic track; Kyauna Miller, MD, IM/PEDS resident; Sakima Smith, MD, Cardiology fellow; and Montoya Taylor, MD, IM/PEDS.
According to Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at OSU’s College of Medicine, the celebration represents “the start of new beginning as it pertains to our expanded outreach and efforts for evolving into an Office for Diversity and Inclusion.” The term “inclusive,” explains McDougle, speaks to developing a climate and culture within an institution that is more welcoming to diverse groups, and which, in accordance with the national trend, broadens the traditional concept of diversity beyond race and ethnicity to include other underrepresented in medicine groups, such as LGBT students, residents and faculty, and persons with disabilities.
“On a national level, we tend to focus on two things -- providing cultural competency, and providing education on health disparities that involve populations from these groups,” McDougle adds.” There needs to be more of a concerted effort about uniqueness and commonalities of the populations we serve, and as it pertains to the Ohio State University College of Medicine, doing it in a way that is personalized. Being able to address the healthcare concerns of these communities will enable OSU to lead in the vision of personalized healthcare.”
McDougle noted that the college’s new curriculum, which will be fully implemented in the fall of 2012, will exemplify the spirit of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “It has a diversity thread that addresses these issues in a systematic, educational format, so it’s going to be embedded longitudinally within the four-year curriculum,” he explained.