Health Pathways

Our commitment to the future

We believe that creating pathways for diverse learners to pursue careers in medicine moves us closer to a future in which our community of health care providers mirrors the diversity of our patients. 

We support learners by creating a culture of respect, by recruiting students from diverse backgrounds and by providing support, spaces and programs to increase student's access to and continuation in medical education. 

GME-to-Faculty Diversity Advancement Pathway

This is a new program of the School of Medicine's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The GME-to-Faculty Diversity Advancement Pathway is focused on recruiting and retaining our promising residency and fellowship graduates as junior faculty at OHSU. This is a program of the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Dean’s Office.

The program will bring together diverse residents and fellows who are interested in academic careers and support their career exploration process. They will apply for a faculty position and be appointed via the usual process. After faculty appointment and upon acceptance into this program, the faculty will participate in a faculty advancement program focusing on academic success skills, leadership development, and structured mentorship. Faculty will meet once weekly to create a community of belonging that will ultimately form the basis for peer and vertical support and community formation.

Application link coming soon...

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Prospective Student Opportunities

Pathways and opportunities for diverse prospective students and residents include:

  • Events: Mini Med School and "So, You Want to be a Physician," and Center for Diversity and Inclusion Student Meet and Greet
  • Second Look campus visits program
  • Wy’East Post-Baccalaureate Pathway, OHSU Neuroscience Post-Baccalaureate Training Program
  • Student meet and greet receptions 

Contact Erika Chomina at

    OHSU Wy'East Post-Baccalaureate program
    OHSU Wy'East Post-Baccalaureate program provides a pathway for American Indian and Alaska Native to become physicians.

    Pathways to careers in medicine

    Wy'East Post-Baccalaureate Pathway

    Wy’east is the traditional Multnomah name for Mount Hood, a prominent feature of the Columbia River region. The Wy’east Post-Baccalaureate Pathway is a cornerstone of the Center to develop AI/AN physicians. Wy’East Post-Baccalaureate Pathway prepares American Indian and Alaska Native students to excel as medical students and physicians.

    There are three major components to the pathway:

    • Academic preparation for medical school
    • Professional training for the rigor of medical school
    • Culturally-relevant experiential learning

    Second Look programs

    School of Medicine “Second Look” programs invite URM recruits to OHSU to visit our campus before making a final decision about where to train or go to school. Candidates meet leaders and peers and learn more about our clinical education and GME (residency) programs. Our residency programs are a significant pipeline for faculty recruitment at OHSU, making the Second Look programs part of a “grow your own” approach. More about GME second look efforts.

    The UME Second Look program is coordinated by SOM admissions staff for the MD program in conjunction with the Center for Women’s Health and the SOM Diversity Student Interest Groups and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.  

    Featured Resource: Health Justice Co-op space

    Co-op mural

    The Health Justice Co-op provides a safe space for students from marginalized communities, designed to foster collaborations that will advance justice in health care and education. The HJC was developed by students of color and of the LGBTQ community and faculty out of a clear response to students' experiences of racism and marginalization on campus and a need for a place designed to support community and collaboration. It is open daily to all OHSU learners

    This space represents the future of health sciences that we are collectively shaping, one where we redefine the margins, where we draw strength from our cultures, where we see our power reflected in each other and where we carry on the work of those who planted these seeds of change. Gather and get connected here, study here, borrow from the health justice library, learn and unlearn in this space and know that we all got you.

    Location: Robertson Life Sciences Building 4A005