- Established in 1765, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is the oldest medical school in the United States
- In 1968, School of Medicine appointed Dr. Helen O. Dickens as the Associate Dean for Minority Affairs leading the first minority affairs office in the nation for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities
- Because of his unparalleled dedication to the amelioration of health care delivery disparities, the School of Medicine created an annual lectureship, in 1970, honoring the first African American graduate, Dr. Nathan Francis Mossell (Class of 1882)
- The Office for Minority Affairs was renamed the Office for Diversity and Community Outreach in Undergraduate Medical Education in 2005
- Recognizing the need for more community involvement as well as the need to recruit and retain minority faculty, residents and fellows, the Health System of the University of Pennsylvania established the Office of Diversity and Community Outreach in 2006
- History of Minority Presence at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (requires Quicktime and broadband connection).
- History of Minority Enrollment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (pdf).