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Our Commitment to Excellence Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Drexel medical students at the annual White Coat Ceremony.

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Drexel staff at the monthly Staff Grand Rounds.

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Meeting new Drexel faculty at the annual New Faculty Reception.

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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.

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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.

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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. 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