No matter one’s race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion, all are welcomed and included at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion can be seen every day in the collaboration between students, faculty and staff on our campus.
Leadership at both the College of Medicine and the Wexner Medical Center considers diversity an essential part our academic mission. A diversity of cultures and life experiences strengthens our mission to provide evidence-based health care. It gives us a greater understanding and appreciation for each patient’s unique genetic makeup, behavior, experiences and beliefs.
We want to eliminate healthcare disparities by increasing the number of medical students and residents who are underrepresented in medicine, such as African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans. Our unique MEDPATH Post-Baccalaureate Program seeks to increase the number of medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds who indicate a commitment to practice in underserved communities.
The Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Program provides one-month rotations in one of our residency programs for minority fourth-year medical students from across the country. And our summer MD Camp is an intensive, three-week day camp that gives underrepresented high school students who are interested in health professions, including biomedical research, a taste of the medical school experience.
Overcoming Implicit Bias
The Ohio State University College of Medicine augments its diversity efforts with active measures to overcome unconscious, or implicit, bias. And it has worked. Our student population is one of the most diverse among U.S. medical schools. This hasn’t compromised the college’s academic metrics – on the contrary, as the percentage of underrepresented students increased, so did the average MCAT scores and GPAs of each entering class. Workshops for staff, faculty and students explain unconscious bias and promote easy strategies for reducing it.
Creating Healthier Communities
Community service is an integral part of a medical education at Ohio State. As part of our groundbreaking LSI curriculum, students are required to volunteer at a variety of community facilities, including free clinics, retirement homes, VA clinics and homeless shelters in Columbus. These experiences train our students to better work with diverse patient populations while providing an invaluable service to the underserved members of our community.
Becoming culturally competent helps our students provide care for all types of patients regardless of backgrounds or circumstances.