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Our Commitment to Excellence Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Excellence in medical education, clinical care and research are attained through our diversity of students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff. At Drexel University College of Medicine, having a diverse, equitable, inclusive environment is core to who we are. We engage in diverse experiences which address health inequities in an inclusive environment. These experiences occur in an array of settings, from attending at a homeless clinic, to helping a woman and her children who are victims of domestic violence, to conducting clinical research to decode the ‘why’ of health equity in outcome. This work ultimately results in helping tomorrow’s Drexel doctors and researchers to be superb in health care delivery and to lead the charge of innovation in the science of medicine.

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Why Diversity Matters

Each one of us contributes to and is responsible for creating an inclusive, productive work environment at the College of Medicine. The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in conjunction with the Offices of Faculty Affairs, Student Affairs, as well as the committees of both Graduate Medical Education and Biomedical Graduate Education collaborate in the development of training sessions, workshops to promote skills in team building, and events to promote awareness of the range of talent we have at Drexel.

Learn more about diversity and clinicians, clinicians to be, researchers, and researchers to be.

Promoting Diversity

Members of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion not only address specific diversity issues and provide support for students, faculty, and staff at the College of Medicine, they work in other departments at Drexel University and the College of Medicine, furthering the overall goals of the entire University. Access throughout the University provides the members of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion opportunities to promote diversity work within the College of Medicine's human resources and faculty affairs offices and at staff functions.

Diagram - Promoting Diversity, Inclusive Environment

A Strong History of Diversity

Doctor or Doctress? Explore American history through the stories of women physicians.

Drexel University College of Medicine has a rich history of diversity as an institution of opportunity for those who would not have been candidates for medical school in their time, due to sexual orientation, ethnicity or cultural barriers. Our heritage as the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, the first medical school in the world for women, and Hahnemann University, our homeopathic legacy institution which admitted non-mainstream students, grounded our institution in a legacy of diversity. We have been graduating an ethnically and racially diverse population of physicians and scientists since the 19th century.

Visit the Doctor or Doctress? website. Explore American history through the stories of women physicians.

Learn more about Drexel University College of Medicine's diverse history.

Black Lives Matter

We condemn violence against Black people, and we stand in opposition to racism, prejudice and hatred. We are committed to antiracism and we are taking direct, ongoing steps to foster an environment of opportunity for everyone.

Learn more about the work we are doing to help create a future of equity and inclusion for all.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion News & Events

Student Organization Brings First-Gen Medical Students Together
A desire to help others, a love of learning, and skills like self-reliance and adaptability have gotten Daniyal Dar where he is today. Dar said he gained those skills along the path to medical school, navigating secondary education as a first-generation college student. Read more.

'We Have To Do Better': Discussing Health Disparities With Dr. Ana Núñez
"To me, the physicians who are coming next are incredibly important in determining what the future will be. If I can contribute even a little bit to somebody in terms of their insight, their caring about a patient's experience and things like that, then that feels like contributing. If my former students walk over the threshold and the patient is glad to see them, we've done good. I think that's an important thing, and it's a privilege to be in that role." Read more.

Meet Til Kus, President of DUCOM's LGBTQ Professionals in Medicine (PM)
As we celebrate PRIDE Month, we took the opportunity to sit down with current LGBTQ-PM president Til Kus to learn more about them and the organization. Read more.

Faculty Congratulations

Congratulations to Dr. Ted Corbin who was invited to the Josiah Macy Foundation: Addressing Bias and Reducing Discrimination in Health Professions Learning Environments (Atlanta, Georgia)

Congratulations to Dr. Ted Corbin who was invited to the National Academy of Medicine Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science

Congratulations to Sonia for the COVID19 Rapid Response Grant Award:SARS-Cov-2 Infection and Sensing in Primary Human Macrophages - Sonia Navas-Martin (CoM), Julio Martin-Garcia (CoM)

Faculty Presentation

Dr. Annette Gadegbeku gave Medicine Grand Rounds at Chestnut Hill Hospital on "Working to get the Win: Community Medicine to Achieve the Quadruple Aim"

LGBTQ Health Symposium – February 12, 2020

LGBTQ Health Symposium – February 12, 2020

2020 Diversity Week Calendar of Events - January 27-31, 2020
The Drexel University College of Medicine community celebrated Diversity Week from January 27 through 31, 2020. Events included: LGBTQ – Movie & Discussion; DMSA - Interfaith Panel; AMWA/OB GYN – IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) Workshop; Mentorship Workshop with Dr. Leon McCrea; and the 'Around The World' cultural experience event.

Read more diversity, equity and inclusion news and events.

Diversity Statement

Drexel University College of Medicine, in the tradition of our predecessor schools, Woman's Medical College and Hahnemann Medical College, recruits and supports a diverse medical school faculty, professional staff and student body.

  • It is only with a commitment to diversity that the mission and vision of the College can be realized.
  • Each individual and her/his ideas have value and contribute positively to the mission and vision of the College.
  • Learning with a diverse faculty and student body enhances critical thinking and the educational experience.
  • Students who learn in a diverse environment are better prepared to provide the highest level of professionalism, innovation and creativity to all aspects of patient care, education and research.
  • Our definition of diversity comprises characteristics that include but are not limited to race; color; religion; gender; sexual orientation, identity and expression; national origin; age; disability; veteran status; and education or economic disadvantage.

Drexel University College of Medicine is firmly committed to producing a diverse population of physicians and scientists. Supported by the Mission and Vision Statements of the College of Medicine, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion provides support to all students and student groups regardless of:

  • Race or national origin
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation, identity, and expression
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Veteran status
  • Education or economic disadvantage

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   Overall, my experience has been really positive. You definitely get a good mix. You have Hahnemann here in the city where you see a large variety of patients, including the underserved population which is great. I was also at York Hospital for surgery where it’s a little more rural and I got a different kind of mix and saw a different type of underserved patients. There are a number of different sites. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve learned so far. You also get to see how different physicians run their practice and interact with patients, which is great.   
Winifred Wolfe, MD Program Student