A blanketing ceremony in Portland, OR, closed out the 2020-2021 Wy’east Postbaccalaureate Pathway program for American Indian and Alaska Native students headed to medical school. (Photo courtesy by: Paige Morris).

We are about finding common ground

Leslie Garcia
Leslie Garcia, M.P.A., Assistant Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, OHSU School of Medicine

The OHSU School of Medicine is deeply committed to increasing and supporting diversity among our faculty, staff, and learners. We consider a wide range of life experiences as part of diversity, including rural heritage, economic background, sexual orientation, culture and belief systems, and hardships accessing educational opportunities.

We provide support across our academic programs and have a School of Medicine Diversity Affairs Committee which provides leadership on the continuous implementation and evaluation of OHSU’s Diversity Action Plan. The committee, formed of faculty, administrators, staff, post-docs, residents, and students meets monthly and has a north star - a renewed focus on equity and finding common ground.  

The SOM is committed to diversity and our practices, programs and policies are in alignment with AAMC, LCME, ACGME and OHSU program accreditation standards.

Respectful & identity-affirming language puts our humanity at the center

Inclusive language allows everyone to feel recognized, valued, invited and motivated to contribute at their highest level. The OHSU Inclusive Language Guide provides guidance.

Inclusive Language Guide

M.D. students speak up in a powerful student-created video

 "As future health care professionals, we are asked to heal our communities and make the health and well-being of our patients our first consideration. We must hold true to these words." -Daniel Tshala, class of 2020

Watch the video