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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Why Diversity Matters

Drexel Emergency Residency 2016 graduate dinner.


Physicians take an oath to “do no harm.” Academic health centers similarly have a duty to do no harm to society. To deliver appropriate and outstanding care to an ever-changing, diverse society, the College of Medicine recruits culturally diverse, future physicians who are the best and brightest.

Our graduates demonstrate competency in the cultural aspects of health care. Drexel University College of Medicine has historically been a college of opportunity. We enabled talented candidates to become doctors when others would not, including women, African Americans and those who did not fit the “mold.” We proudly continue this tradition by educating those underrepresented in medicine, including women, minorities, veterans and students of nontraditional, LGBTQA, rural and financially disadvantaged backgrounds.

We engage multiple boards, bodies and regulatory agencies to ensure that everyone has fair representation, and those include the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and others. Not only do we comply with these regulations, we strive to excel at them.

Prevailing research in the business sector shows that diverse, inclusive workplaces are more productive and have better outcomes. Examples of our inclusive settings are case-based or team-based learning groups, clinical rounds with a team, and community care sites where students engage in service leadership. We strive to have diverse, inclusive environments where people can contribute to meaningful study and work, while continuing to improve how we do what we do.

Diversity means promoting individual voice and participation in our culture. We value the diversity of every member of the College. Our diversity is what helps us in our quest to innovate, educate and make a difference.

Drexel Discovery Day 2014 poster winner at the Queen Lane Campus.


Diverse teams bring new and innovative ideas to research and can have a competitive edge in grant applications. Including diverse populations in research aids in the efficiency of researchers and improves the output of the lab. The College of Medicine strives to raise awareness regarding the importance of increasing diversity in clinical trials, not only to improve access to therapy for underrepresented populations, but to help ensure developing therapeutics are safe and effective for everyone.


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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