Diversity and Inclusion
UC MSTP Diversity & Inclusion Statement:
We are committed to creating an inclusive, supportive environment of physician-scientist trainees and mentors with diverse backgrounds and identities underrepresented in medical sciences to enrich our health science community and best serve our patients.
- Diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism are core values that are essential to our education, research, and health care missions.
- We adopt a definition of diversity that embraces, but is not limited to, persons with different races, ethnicities, countries of origin, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, military service records, sexes, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities.
- We are committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty, leadership, and administrative staff.
- We implement programs that improve education on diversity, equity, and systemic racism to empower students, faculty, and staff to recognize biases, dismantle stereotypes, and advance inclusion and cultural competency.
- We partner with efforts across the academic health center to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication, and understanding.
UC MSTP students come from a variety of backgrounds with unique experiences and aspirations. The diverse MSTP student community shines through their leadership and efforts to help underserved communities.
The UC College of Medicine provides a supportive and inclusive environment for all and welcomes diversity in every aspect of our daily operations.
UC COM’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) is very involved in working with various departments of the College, the Greater Cincinnati community and national offices committed to diversity in medical education. The leadership team also works closely with medical students to ensure that each individual reaches their greatest potential. The below listed student organizations are affiliated and supported by the ODEI.
- Student National Medical Association
- Latino Medical Student Association
- Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
- UCCOM Pride (LGBTQ+ and Allies in Medicine)
The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is dedicated to ensuring equal access to educational opportunities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The College of Medicine may provide reasonable accommodations to students with a documented disability. The Office of Accessibility Resources will work with students to ensure appropriate accommodations are made.
UC Mentor Program Established to Support Black Men in Medical School
Over the past 40 years, the number of Black men applying to medical school in the United States has decreased.
To combat this trend, a mentorship program, named “Black Men in Medicine Cincinnati (BMIMC)”, was launched in 2020 at the UC College of Medicine by Alvin Crawford, MD. Dr. Crawford is a University of Cincinnati professor emeritus of orthopedic surgery, a retired UC Health orthopedic surgeon, and a founding director of the Crawford Spine Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
The BMIMC mentorship program is aimed at helping Black men successfully complete medical school. The program pairs incoming UC medical students with older medical students, residents, and attending physicians. The hope is that the camaraderie, networking, and defined support system that the program provides will help ease potential feelings of isolation among Black male medical students and ultimately help boost the numbers of Black male physicians in the future.
Click here to learn more about the mentorship program.
(Photo: [left to right] Senu Apewokin, MD, speaks with Alvin Crawford, MD, and medical students Adam Butler, Austin Thompson, and Michael Deal. Photo Credit: Joseph Fuqua II, UC Creative + Brand)
UC Medical Community Responds to George Floyd’s Death
On June 5, 2020, the UC medical community expressed its support of the nationwide movement, “White Coats for Black Lives.” More than 400 medical professionals and students, all wearing masks, gathered in response to the May 25th death of George Floyd. College of Medicine students and faculty were joined by physicians from Cincinnati Children’s, UC Health, the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center along with health care providers from other hospital systems across the city. College of Medicine Dean Andrew Filak Jr., MD, and UC President Neville Pinto, PhD, were among those who participated.
The gathered attendees kneeled for eight minutes and 46 seconds – symbolizing the nearly nine minutes that the Minneapolis police offer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on George Floyd’s neck while he was lying face down in the street and handcuffed.
“We are tired as a people and exhausted and sad, but there is something different about the death of Mr. Floyd that has united the nation, and today is the first step,” said Mia Mallory, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Medicine. “All of us have to be active, and we can’t just use rhetoric, but we have to put words into action. We appreciate the allies we have gathered here today.”
Dr. Mallory urged the crowd to play an active role in solving racial injustice which directly affects the health of patients so many in the medical community serve. She also asked the crowd to remember the words of Mr. Floyd's young daughter, who noted, "Daddy changed the world."
Click here to see additional photographs and learn more about the event.
(The above text includes excerpts from the original UC News story on June 5, 2020.)
(Photo Credit: Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand.)
Yale Ciencia Academy Fellows
Each year, the Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development accepts 40 young researchers from across the United States to provide opportunities for professional mentorship, networking, and other skills to facilitate community contributions through science outreach. Yale Ciencia Academy’s focus is to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented or underserved communities.
In 2019, MSTP student Camille Sullivan, had the prestigious honor of being recognized as a Yale Ciencia Academy Fellow. Camille is a graduate of the Cancer & Cell Biology Graduate Program, and her PI was Susan Waltz, PhD. In her graduate studies, she examined the mechanistic roles of the Ron receptor tyrosine kinase in the prostate tumor microenvironment with a focus on the antitumor immune response. She was previously awarded the NIH F31-Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute to support her thesis research. Camille is an active student leader within the MSTP Student Governing Council, previously serving on the MSTP Admissions Committee and as the MSTP Diversity & Inclusion Officer.
In 2020, MSTP student Tammy Gonzalez was recognized as a Yale Ciencia Academy Fellow. Tammy is in the Immunology Graduate Program, and her PI is Andrew Herr, PhD. Using the Mechanisms of Atopic Dermatitis to Asthma in Children (MPAACH) cohort, Tammy currently studies the role of the Staphylococcus aureus biofilms in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis in children. In the past, she received the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology Chrysalis award and ASM’s Graduate Capstone Fellowship. Tammy also serves on the diversity committee for the UC College of Medicine.
(Photo: Camille Sullivan [left], Tammy Gonzalez [right])
Albert C. Yates Fellowship Program
The mission of the Albert C. Yates Fellowship Program at the University of Cincinnati is to enrich the educational environment for all graduate students by supporting the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority groups who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with high potential for academic success to graduate programs at the University of Cincinnati.
MSTP student Alyssa Solano was the 2019 recipient of the Yates Fellowship. Alyssa’s current research interest are in nerve development and repair. To learn more about Alyssa and her interests and involvement at UC, read the Q&A below.
- Q: What student clubs, associations, or interest groups are you a part of?
- A: During my undergrad [at UC], I was part of the UC Research and Creative Opportunities Network (ReCON), a peer-to-peer mentorship program for students interested in getting into research; BEARchats Conversation Partners Program, which pairs domestic and international students to practice conversing in English and facilitate cultural exchange; Rogue Writers of UC, a creative writing group; and Yoshisu Dojo, which practices Chito-Ryu karate. I'm still an active member of BEARchats and Yoshisu Dojo, and since starting medical school, I've joined SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) as a peer mentor.
- Q: Have you volunteered with any organizations in the community?
- A: During my undergrad, I volunteered with Good Samaritan Hospital and worked on a voter registration campaign. [While in medical school, I’ve] helped staff the student-run MedVoUC clinic at Shelterhouse.
- Q: Why did you choose to go into medicine?
- A: I'm passionate about aiding and advocating for vulnerable populations, and among the most fundamental needs of all people is wellness of body and mind. Practicing as a medical doctor is a first step in a career pathway that I hope will transform the field to improve access and quality of care for patients of all backgrounds.
- Q: What inspired you to pursue research?
- A: I initially didn't envision myself going into research, and I couldn't have, if not for the guidance of and examples set by wonderful mentors and more experienced students. Once I saw what research is like, the amazing things we have the capacity to do, I couldn't envision myself in any career that lacked significant research involvement.
(Photo: Alyssa Solano)
MSTP Students Learn Medical Spanish to Better Serve Latino Community
The UC College of Medicine offers an innovative three-year longitudinal Medical Spanish/Latino Health elective that includes training in medical Spanish, didactics in topics related to Latino patients, and service learning at community agencies. While the course capacity is limited each year, numerous MSTP students opt to enroll in this unique educational opportunity, including Pablo Alarcon, Mary Bedard, Alex Feldman, and Courtney Linne. The elective is aimed at helping physicians be linguistically competent and more culturally informed in order to better serve native Spanish speakers who may encounter language barriers, and the larger Latino community as a whole.
“I've really enjoyed [the course],” said Pablo Alarcon, “It's been very helpful in improving my Spanish as well as maintaining some of my clinical skills during grad school.”
(Photo: Pablo Alarcon)
Students Helping Underserved Communities
MSTP student Courtney Giannini was part of a group of 100 medical nursing, pharmacy and other UC students who worked to open a free health clinic in Hamilton County. The clinic is designed to assist underserved and uninsured health populations, with the main target being native Spanish speakers who may encounter language barriers.
UC medical students also volunteer their time with a variety of other organizations, including the following:
- A Kid Again
- Bearcat Buddies
- Christ Hospital
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
- Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
- Crossroad Health Clinic
- Girls on the Run
- Golden Gloves
- Good Samaritan Hospital
- Hughes High School
- RISE Coalition
- St. Rita School for the Deaf
- University of Cincinnati Medical Center
- Women Helping Women
(Photo: Courtney Giannini)
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