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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Descision


Please see President Michael V. Drake's Statement on the recent DACA decision.




Former President Barack Obama's Response to DACA http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/05/politics/obama-daca/index.html



The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The James Comprehensive Cancer Center received designation as "Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality" in the Health Equity Index 2017!   


Free Continuing Medical Education Training in LGBTQ Patient-Centered Care


If you are a provider of patient-centered care, please join our healthcare team at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The James Comprehensive Cancer Hospital in promoting equitable and inclusive care for the LGBTQ community. As a participant in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Healthcare Equity Index, over 60 different online, on-demand CME accredited LGBT training options are free to staff. These training options include both interactive eLearning courses and recorded webinars. Topics range from the basics of LGBTQ Patient-Centered Care to more specialized topics for clinicians. 


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Help us to maintain our status as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.

In order for the WMC to receive HEI credit, enter our facility ID number of 64846

In order for The James to receive HEI credit, enter our facility ID number of 58061


Please see these additional resources:  flyer about our training options, how to register for The CAL, how to register for The National LGBT Health Education Center


Register today:


  • Click  http://bit.ly/CALRegister to register for courses on The CAL. Use HRC as the Security Code.

  • Click http://go.osu.edu/NatlGLBTQTraining to register for courses from the National LGBT Health Education Center:

  • For The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to receive HEI credit, enter 64846 as the Facility ID.

  • For The James Comprehensive Cancer Hospital to receive HEI credit, enter For The James Comprehensive Cancer Hospital to receive HEI credit, enter 58061 as the Facility ID.

  • Questions? Email Leon.McDougle@osumc.edu.


Diversity Brochure


Melanie Russell is the Current Scholar in the Spotlight for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at The Ohio State University.

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Per the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's article  "Melanie's path to medical school began in the 6th grade with a request to come to the guidance counselor's office at the Cleveland School of the Arts. "I didn't know why I was asked to come to the office; I thought I was in trouble!" Instead, Melanie was told about the Young Scholars Program (YSP) at The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) that provides an opportunity for academically talented first-generation students with demonstrated financial need to advance their goal of pursuing higher education."

To read more about Melanie's path to medical school and her success as a Young Scholar please go to


Congratulations Melanie! 


HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) Scholar) Ms. Munoz

"Jessica is a first-year medical student who has been selected as a 2017-2018 HIV Vaccine Trials Network ( HVTN) Scholar. HVTN  is the world’s largest publicly-funded international collaboration focused on the development of vaccines to prevent HIV/AIDS. 

Jessica will be traveling to Johannesburg, South Africa this summer to conduct field research to investigate stigma and other complications to recruitment and retention of South African people in HIV vaccine trials. Jessica hopes to join Doctors Without Borders and is excited to have an opportunity to learn more about health disparities abroad". 



Chose Ohio First Scholarship Recipient!

Congratulations go out to an OSUCOM student for being selected to receive the Choose Ohio First Primary Care Scholarship. A requirement of the scholarship is that the student will go on to practice primary care in Ohio for three to five years after completing their residency.

For information regarding the Choose Ohio First scholarship please go to this link Choose Ohio First Scholarship 


Group on Health Equity

The Group on Health Equity (GoHE) works to establish networks and mentoring opportunities between students, academics, practitioners and community members to reduce health disparities and move towards health equity. To this end, we have quarterly meetings amongst health professionals, social workers, public health professionals, health professions students, undergraduate students and multiple community agencies.

Please join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, 29 August, 2017 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, with guest speaker Julia Applegate, M. A. Director, Institute for LGBTQ Health Equality, Equitas Health who will speak on the topic of "Aiming for Equity: Addressing Cultural and Structural barriers to Care in the LGBTQ Community"

The GoHE meeting will commence at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Dinner and Parking are provided. This is a free event. Please register by 23 August, 2017 at http://go.osu.edu/GrouponHealthEquity

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 Julia Applegate, M. A.

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Future Guest Speaker  for the Group on Health Equity this year is Lorraine S. Wallace, PhD, Director Undergraduate Research Office on 1 November, 2017 at the Fawcett Center.  



The Office for Diversity and Inclusion is happy to welcome our new cohort of MEDPATH students. They were chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. MEDPATH is a one year program aimed at developing and enriching the academic knowledge base and skills of students prior to their entrance into medical school. The program allows students to become more competitive and successful in the medical school environment. Increasing the number of students underrepresented in medicine (URM) and/or students from economically and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who graduate from medical school is a major goal of MEDPATH. We wish our entering MEDPATH students much success. 

Clotilde Dent Bowen, MD, Diversity Lecture Series

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Alumni Affairs and the OSUWMC Hispanic/Latino Employee Resource Group welcomes David Acosta, MD, as this year's Clotilde Dent Bowen, MD, Diversity Lecturer on Friday, 6 October, 2017 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm at the Biomedical Research Tower located at 460 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Acosta is the Chief Diversity Officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges. He will speak on the topic "Diversity 4.0: The Social Responsibility to Community & Global Health in Academic Medical Centers."   

A physician of family medicine, Dr. Acosta joined the AAMC from the University of California (UC), Davis School of Medicine where he served as Senior Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for UC Davis Health System. He previously served as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, where he established a rural health fellowship program for Tacoma Family Medicine, a residency program affiliated with the UW Department of Family Medicine.

Please register by 29 September, 2017 at http://www.go.osu.edu/diversitylecture

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In addition to Dr. Acosta's presentation, the Clotilde Dent Bowen, MD, Woman Of Excellence Awards will be presented to this year's winners.

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MD Camp 2018 sponsored by the Area Health Education Center is an intensive, three-week residential summer camp providing participants an experience in the rigors of medical school. It is open to rising Juniors, Seniors and newly graduated high school students (summer between high school graduation and university matriculation) who are interested in pursuing careers in the health professions, including biomedical research. We typically accept students who are considered traditionally underrepresented in medicine, which can include women and individuals from socio-economic and / or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

  The MD Camp brochure can be found here 2016 MD Camp brochure Final.pdf2016 MD Camp brochure Final.pdf

 Please check our website in January for information on MD Camp 2018. 

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 Thank you MD Camp Campers 2017 for a wonderful three weeks!