We are about finding common ground

Leslie Garcia
Leslie Garcia, M.P.A., Ed.D., Associate 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.

The School of Medicine Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Strategic Action Plan 2021 - 2025 charts our contributions to institutional goals in the areas that we can significantly impact, including retention and recruitment of individuals under-represented in medicine and biomedical science. The strategic action plan is the result of sustained urgency and focus by school leaders and the SoM Diversity Affairs Committee, which includes faculty, students and trainees. 

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

SOM Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Strategic Action Plan 2021-2025

Belong, include & empower

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 celebrate the next stage of their careers

100% match for OHSU School of Medicine M.D. residency programs. The dual 100% match rates are indicators of the OHSU School of Medicine’s strong reputation nationally.

Info Match Day 2023

More than 150 pre-med mentees are now paired with mentors

Pay It Forward, a medical student-run mentorship program in the School of Medicine, was founded by Med22 Dr. Cassandra Kasten-Arias as part of a comprehensive system of support throughout medical school.


OHSU storytelling project sparks health care equity conversations

The POWER WITH Anthology uplifts the lived experiences and perspectives of community members, patients, and health care workers and trainees. It inspires us to imagine what a system that embraces relationships and collective change could look like.

Andrea Power WITH

Why aren't there more Black people in Oregon?

Antwon Chavis, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, presented "Why aren't there more Black people in Oregon?" The session was sponsored by the School of Medicine Office of Faculty Development and the Provost's Office of Educational Innovation and Improvement.

dr. Antwon

New Center for Reproductive Health Equity led by Dr. Rodriguez

Maria Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H., professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine is the director of the new center housed within OHSU's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine. The center will focus on three key areas: research, education and clinical care.

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"Recently we've seen such extreme measures taken to limit access to reproductive health care, and these actions have very real consequences on the health of women in this country." - Maria Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H.

New tool! Outdated Medical Terminology Guide

A guide for medical students, educators and providers.

By Rohi Gheewala, Med24; José Manuel Carrillo-Castro, Med24 and Sean Bowden, Med24

Med Ter SoM

April Observances

Download the School of Medicine's April 2023 "Belong, Include, Empower" newsletter. We hope to enrich our knowledge and advance our understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion and anti-racism. Missed a previous issue? Download previous issues for 2022: Feb., Mar., Apr., May, June , July, Aug., Sep., Oct., Nov., Dec and 2023: Jan, Feb, Mar

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