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Dear Student,


As Chief Diversity Officer for the Wexner Medical Center, I would like you to strongly consider pursuing your medical and biomedical science education at OSU. The Office for Diversity & Inclusion is committed to helping you realize your dream of becoming an excellent clinician and/or biomedical scientist and to making your stay here both personally and professionally rewarding.

Leon McDougle, MD, MPH

At OSU, which is located in Columbus, Ohio, we believe a diverse population enriches the educational experience of all our students and trainees, and we know that clinicians from groups underrepresented in medicine and biomedical sciences are key health care providers for our nation’s underserved population. Forty-two students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM) matriculated in its entering class of 2015.

Some of these students completed our MEDPATH post-baccalaureate program, while others were awarded renewable merit-based scholarships currently valued at $124,000 over four years.

The medical college is affiliated with The Ohio State University Medical Center, and is recognized as one of "America’s Best Hospitals" for the 19th consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report leading the region in 11 categories: cancer, ear, nose & throat, diabetes and endocrinology, gynecology, heart & heart surgery, kidney disorders, orthopedics, rehabilitation, respiratory disorders, and urology.

Student groups are popular at the college, offering their members numerous educational, social and volunteer opportunities. Organizations such as the Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (NURF), the Ohio State chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Aprovechando Salud y Educación (Embracing Health and Education), and the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association assist communities by providing medical education and health screenings. The Office for Diversity & Inclusion assists and co-sponsors with SNMA, their annual Making It To Medical School 101 Conference.

Columbus, Ohio is the fifteenth largest city in the United States and boasts an increasingly diverse population which includes representation of 134 nations speaking 105 languages. Our Somalian community is the second largest in the United States. The medical college’s affiliation with the Columbus Free Clinic and the Clinica Latina provides excellent opportunities for students and trainees to hone their clinical skills and assist culturally diverse patients at the same time. 

In August 2012 The College of Medicine inaugurated a new curricular model Lead. Serve. Inspire aimed at preparing physicians of tomorrow with the knowledge, skills and competencies to deliver superior quality care to diverse populations of patients.

At the center of the new Lead. Serve. Inspire curriculum are clinical experiences that will help students apply foundational science concepts to patient care. The key aspects of the LSI curriculum framework include:

  • Three-part curriculum that takes four years to finish
  • Fully integrated basic science and clinical science
  • Early longitudinal practice based clinical service that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real patients
  • Self-directed learning with multiple assessment methods to provide individualized learning by standardized outcomes
  • Faculty coaching to support strong clinical skills
  • Project work that requires critical thinking and synthesis and
  • Clinical problem solving in a team-based environment

The Office for Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) is committed to creating an environment that will facilitate the academic achievement of students from groups underrepresented in medicine and biomedical sciences. That means we will be committed to you. Our services include academic and career counseling, student advocacy, and notification of grants and scholarships for which you may be eligible. The ODI also helps to support educational and recreational experiences that promote personal growth and cultural sensitivity, including travel expenses to attend some professional conferences. At your request, we will help to locate mentors who are compatible with your professional goals and cultural background. We also encourage students and trainees to “drop in” at our office in 061 Meiling Hall to let us know how things are going and to assist them in any matter, however small.

Looking ahead, Ohio State medical students pass the United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) at a rate above the national mean. The medical college also prepares you well for residency. Nearly 90 percent of residency program directors surveyed nationally rate Ohio State’s medical school graduates as equal to or better prepared for residency than other medical school graduates.

The ODI web site will assist you in learning more about the college and to provide food for thought as you pursue your professional goals. The application deadline for Ohio State’s College of Medicine each year is November 1. For more information, please call us at (614) 688-8489. Even better, come visit with us. Our office in 061 Meiling Hall is located at 370 West Ninth Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. We will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.


Leon McDougle, MD, MPH
Chief Diversity Officer
Wexner Medical Center