Liaisons: Drs. A. Anyelika Delerme, Filsan Farah, Roberta Gomez, Serena Hua, and Antoinette Pusateri
Advisors: Drs. Capers, Conwell, Holliday, McDougle and Wininger

Diversity Statement

At The Ohio State University, located in the 14th largest and very diverse city in the United States, we acknowledge the history of systemic racism and implicit biases that have led to an inadequate reflection of our city, our place of work, and our profession. We recognize the powerful impact that diverse medical providers and teams have within the workplace as well as in the delivery of high-quality medical care to minority patient populations.

Our Mission

The Office of Graduate Medical Education’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) Council proudly promotes efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion within our training programs. We are not only committed to recruiting underrepresented minorities, but also to fostering an environment in which trainees from all backgrounds feel included, respected, and celebrated. Our mission is to achieve an environment that will lead to improved communication, collaboration, and retention of diverse trainees while addressing our patients’ healthcare inequities.

Core Values

  •  Respect each other’s differences
  •  Enrich trainee perspectives with cross-cultural training
  •  Ensure fair and equal access to resources and opportunities
  • Provide a safe forum for the discussion of adverse experiences


The IDEA Council is a Graduate Medical Education-based organization that welcomes all interested house staff to participate.  Structured task force activities and outreach is open to the participation for the entire OSUWMC community.  The IDEA Council will report jointly to the Resident Advisory Council (RAC) and the College of Medicine Anti-Racism Task Force’s Education and Learning Subcommittee.

Current Strategy

We’ve developed the “Listen. Learn. Lead” campaign as our first step in addressing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy.

Listen: Facilitate the expression and sharing of diverse voices within our institution

  • Future Forums Task Force – organizes and facilitates roundtable discussions to be held throughout the year
  • Voices in Humanism Task Force – facilitate submissions to the Voices in Humanism Project
  • Mistreatment – ensure there is a safe space for adverse experiences to be heard 

Learn: Develop educational resources including case-based scenarios for medical student and resident education around health equity

  • Medical Student Education – work with medical student rotation leaders to develop medical student lectures, patient panels, and/or case series
  • Resident Education: Assist with current case series focused on disparities; work with the Kirwan Institute and other departments within our institution to provide multi-disciplinary lectures

Lead: Ensure tangible change occurs as a result of the diversity and equity initiatives at OSUWMC

  • Mission & Media Task Force – to promote visibility of principles
  • Mentorship Task Force – facilitate mentoring at all levels
  • Recruitment and Retention Task Force – partner with residency programs to support recruitment and retention
  • Department/Division Pledge Task Force – working with department/division leadership to commit to action items around diversity, inclusion and equity.