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Our Commitment to Excellence Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Drexel medical students at the annual White Coat Ceremony.Learn More  For Students Drexel staff at the monthly Staff Grand Rounds.Learn More  For Staff Meeting new Drexel faculty at the annual New Faculty Reception.Learn More  For Faculty Justin Johnson, MD '13, is a trainee in the Drexel/Hahnemann Emergency Medicine Residency program.Learn More  For Residents & Fellows

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.

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.

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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.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion News & Events

5 Ways to Maximize Your Next Professional Development Opportunity (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Blog)
Have you ever come home from a conference feeling deflated and overwhelmed, instead of invigorated and inspired? If so, you're not alone. Greetings from 30,000 feet in the air! Thanks to the power of technology, I'm actually writing this blog on my plane ride back from the Program Director Workshop and Residency Program Solutions conference in Kansas City, Missouri. As I scrolled through my phone, it was clear that I had an amazing time learning from and connecting with my colleagues. However, it wasn't always like that. I used to come home from conferences feeling deflated and overwhelmed rather than invigorated and inspired. So how did that all change? Here are my "Top 5 Ways to Maximize Your Next Professional Development Opportunity." Read more.

DrExcel Health - Demo Day (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Blog)
March 29, 2019
I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but somehow my weekend has shifted focus from quiet days of reflection and rejuvenation after a long work week to shuttling my kids back and forth between science fairs, soccer games, birthday parties and play dates, and this past weekend was no different. As I was unloading the car, a large poster board tumbled out of the backseat. As I tried to pick it up without dropping anything else, I realized it was my 11-year old step-daughter’s science project. Read more.

Dr. Bernice "Bunny" Sandler - "Godmother of Title IX" (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Blog)
March 27, 2019
When we returned from the Winter Holiday Break, I received some sad news from Joanne Murray, a colleague from our Legacy Center, about the passing of a former faculty member, Dr. Bernice "Bunny" Sandler. I didn't know Dr. Sandler and to be honest, I wasn't familiar with her work at all, but was intrigued by her distinction as the "Godmother of Title IX." I followed some of the links that Joanne included in her message and was inspired by Dr. Sandler's work and the role she played in our Women's Health Education Program (WHEP), which is now part of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Read more.

Happy Chinese New Year! (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Blog)
February 21, 2019
Although exams moved our celebrations back a bit, our Asian Pacific Medical Student Association decided to commemorate the Lunar New year with a dumpling wrapping (and eating) event. Although dumplings are a staple menu item during Chinese New Year as they represent wealth and prosperity, an old wives' tale shares their medicinal history. Read more.

An Interview with Dr. Ana Núñez, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Blog)
February 5, 2019
The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion addresses pressing challenges, and fulfills the College of Medicine's goal of becoming a leader in developing the next generation of a diverse workforce. Dr. Ana Núñez, associate dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, has focused her efforts on enhancing the core missions of educational excellence, research innovation and outstanding clinical care. Recently she took the time to answer some questions about the office. Read more.

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