A diverse student body, faculty, and staff are an essential foundation for fulfilling the College of Medicine's mission and goals. Additionally, the College of Medicine believes that diversity enhances the academic experience beyond the classroom, creating better doctors and health care professionals.
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 in Medicine provides support to all students and student groups regardless of:
- Race or national origin
- Sexual orientation, identity, and expression
- Veteran status
- Education or economic disadvantage
Learn more about the Office of Diversity in Medicine's initiatives, including:
A Strong History of Diversity
The College of Medicine has a rich tradition of diversity. Our history includes our heritage as the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, the first medical school in the world for women. Hahnemann University, our other legacy institution, has been graduating an ethnically and racially diverse population since the 19th century.
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Learn more about Drexel University College of Medicine's diverse history.
Why Diversity Matters
Increasing diversity among the nation's physician workforce:
- Improves the education of all physicians
- Improves the health of all residents of the U.S.
Studies show that minority physicians are more likely to treat minority patients and indigent patients and practice in underserved communities. When minority patients have the opportunity to select a health care professional they are more likely to choose someone of their own racial and ethnic background and generally are more satisfied with the care they receive from minority health care professionals.
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Members of the Office of Diversity in Medicine 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 in Medicine 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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