We are about finding common ground

Leslie Garcia
Leslie Garcia, M.P.A., Ed.D., Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, 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.

The School of Medicine Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging 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.


Student religious accommodation requests are handled by the Office of Student Affairs. Student disability and pregancy accommodation requests are addressed by the Office for Student Access.


OHSU Human Resources' Employee Leaves and Accommodations team handles disability, pregnancy and religious accommodations.

Trends shaping the future of Latino health care

The second annual Latino Primary Care Summit took place this April in downtown Portland. This year's theme was "Chronic Conditions in Latinos: Trends, Innovations and Care for the Future."

Latino health care summit 2024

Orthopaedic residency program is majority female

In a medical specialty that continues to draw considerably more men than women, the OHSU School of Medicine Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Residency Program and Department stand out nationally. 

Ortho 2024

OHSU aims to reduce differences in how men, women experience, are treated for pain

Center for Women’s Health conducting survey to study a range of pain management options, enhance safety, trust with patients.


Respectful and 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.

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SoM Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Plan (2024 update)

The School of Medicine plan includes three goals with overarching themes that capture the essence of the climate we want to create: Belong, Include, Empower.

SoM DEI Strategic Plan 2024

School of Medicine M.D. Program: Outdated Medical Terminology Guide

A guide for medical students, educators and providers. Authored by Med24 students Rohi Gheewala, José Manuel Carrillo-Castro and Sean Bowden. Download it here.

Medical terminology

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The School of Medicine's  "Belong, Include, Empower” newsletter is sent monthly to members of the OHSU's School of Medicine. This space is dedicated to the valuable role of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-racism practices in promoting trust, engagement and well-being. Are you looking to share an idea, resource, update or event? Submit your content ideas to somdiversity@ohsu.edu


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