OHSU/ Kaiser Permanente Diversity Mentor program physician mentors and M.D. student mentees in Nov. 2019

We are about finding common ground

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The 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. Learn more.

We provide a range of supports across our academic programs and have a School of Medicine Diversity Action 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.

As of August, 2020 the Committee has met with 23 out of 33 departments to evaluate their practices for diversity, equity, and inclusionThe Diversity Action Committee will complete evaluations by November, 2020.  SOM departments meet weekly to evaluate progress and provide best practices for recruitment, retention, inclusion and partnerships.  

Diversity is our true potential for innovation and it means creating a community of inclusion. We honor, respect, embrace and value the unique life experiences, contributions and perspectives of all employees, patients, students, volunteers and our local and global communities.

Guiding standards

The OHSU School of Medicine is committed to diversity and ensures that our practices, programs and policies are in alignment with AAMC and accrediting body diversity guidelines as well as OHSU program accreditation standards including: 

Virtual Diversity Open House


GME virtual Open House will answer questions for 3rd and 4th year, medical students, from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds and all students who have an interest in health disparities, equity, and diversity and are considering applying to OHSU.  

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST

For your Zoom invite contact gme@ohsu.edu

MD students create video to focus on racism in health care

MD 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. Police brutality is not the only thing that kills thousands of Black Americans. Health care is not immune." -Daniel Tshala, class of 2020

Watch the video

Dr. Lauren Simpson
Active bystander

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OHSU Active Bystander Training to create a culture of civility