Is there a doctor in the house? Increased diversity measures are promoting more opportunities for minorities

March 07, 2018
More colleges of osteopathic medicine are promoting diversity measures to help foster cultural competency and greater access to care.
More colleges of osteopathic medicine are promoting diversity measures to help foster cultural competency and greater access to care.

As the #OscarsSoWhite social media outcry made Hollywood listen to the call for racial inclusion (cue inclusion rider speech, please) the world of medicine has been rallying its own cry for diversity.

In fact, some osteopathic medical schools have made diversity their mission.

According to a report by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the number of black males in medical school in 2014 was 515, which is 27 less than the number of black male students enrolled in medical school  in 1978. The reasons for the decline are myriad and complex, which prompted some colleges of osteopathic medicine to take action.

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM-Harlem) in New York City offers Med-Achieve, a two-year mini-medical school for freshman and sophomore minority high school students, taught by current TouroCOM medical students.

At the next level, between college and medical school, TouroCOM-Harlem offers a one-year pipeline MS to DO program. “The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences degree provides high-achieving students that fall slightly short of the required MCAT score with an additional year of preparation, and the opportunity to apply to our DO program,” says Nadege Dady, EdD, dean of student affairs at TouroCOM-Harlem. “It’s a cornerstone of our school and how we’re meeting our mission.”

Source: The DO