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Our Commitment to Excellence Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Why Diversity Matters

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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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.

Read Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict

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


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YOUR VOICE MATTERS – GET INVOLVED

The nation and our Drexel University College of Medicine community are once again saddened and outraged that another Black man is the victim of excessive police violence. On August 23, 2020, Jacob Blake was shot multiple times in the back by police in Wisconsin, in front of his three sons as they sat in the back of his car.

The College of Medicine condemns violence against the Black community, finding this and recent events intolerable. We, at the College of Medicine, absolutely believe that Black lives matter and are steadfast in our commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion.

This propagation of a history of implicit and explicit bias and institutionalized racism, in which violence against the Black community, particularly Black men, is pervasive, and is a public health crisis that impacts every social determinate of health. It permeates all aspects of life, including the basic right to bodily autonomy and safety.

The medical community has specifically had a difficult history inextricably intertwined with racism; we have much to atone for. Thus, we have much work to do. It is imperative that we remain unwavering in our work toward anti-racism, and advocate for systemic, effective change within our organization and community. As a community of compassionate educators, physicians, researchers, professional staff and students, we must continue to find ways to improve racial and social equity.

We must work together to dismantle racism and eliminate all forms of bias.

It is imperative that physicians, biomedical scientists, health educators and future physicians be heard. We ask you to become involved with our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in our mission to create opportunity for all, as we strive to truly attain an equitable, inclusive environment at the College of Medicine and in the communities that we serve.

Please feel free to email bc858@drexel.edu or call 215.991.8450, to learn more about our office and explore ways to get involved.


Diversity News & Events

Conversations That Matter

In the latest episode of “Conversations That Matter”, senior associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion Leon McCrea II, MD, MPH, talks with Safiyya Shabazz, MD, the owner and medical director of Fountain Medical Associates in Philadelphia. Listen on Spotify or SoundCloud.

Delaware Valley DEI Consortium Equity in Medical Education Summit

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
We are honored to invite you to join the Delaware Valley DEI Consortium on April 11, 2023, for the region’s first Equity in Medical Education Summit, "We’re Making Change Happen." Learn more. or Download flyer.

Diversity Week 2023

Monday, February 13 through Friday, February 17, 2023
See Diversity Week 2023: Around the World Photos on Facebook
Learn more.

Diversity At the Table and Not Just on the Agenda, with Leon McCrea II, MD, MPH, FAAFP

In this rapid-fire episode, Dr Leon McCrea II gives listeners his wide-ranging perspective and deep insight into how creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive spaces is about much more than only metrics. He brings us right into the conversations that matter, from giving and receiving feedback around DEIA issues to identifying both micro- and macro-aggressions to creating holistic metrics for success in medical education and residency. Dr McCrea shares his passion for helping both learners and patients feel seen, respected and served. Learn more.

Nancy Spector, MD, Named American Medical Women’s Association 2023 Elizabeth Blackwell Awardee

The College of Medicine is proud to announce that Nancy D. Spector, MD, senior vice dean for faculty, is the American Medical Women’s Association’s (AMWA) 2023 Elizabeth Blackwell Awardee. The award is given annually to a woman physician who has made outstanding contributions to the cause of women in medicine, created pathways for other women in medicine, and made other exceptional contributions to women in medicine.

Orthopedic Enrichment Program Addresses Need For Diversity In Orthopedic Surgery

The Orthopedic Enrichment Program (OEP), a new educational opportunity made available to medical students across the Philadelphia region, held a launch event on Saturday, December 3, 2022. The OEP was created to address racial, ethnic and gender disparities that exist broadly in medicine and specifically in the field of orthopedic surgery. Read more.

The Underrepresentation of Women Physicians in Cardiology

In cardiology, women comprise only 18% of fellows, less than 15% of practicing general cardiologists, and less than 5% of interventional cardiologists. This is a stark difference to the patients they serve, with recent estimates indicating that more than 50% of women in the United States above 40 years old suffer from cardiovascular disease. Read more.

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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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