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Welcome to Penn Medicine's Office of Inclusion and Diversity

Eve J. HigginbothamLasting commitment is born of genuine appreciation for that which we aspire to be.  Penn Medicine’s commitment to inclusion and diversity is more than words echoing our evolving society; it is a commitment backed by actions that are the foundation of our eminence, core values, and the strategic priorities that drive how we discover, educate, and serve the world.

Penn Medicine’s five-year strategic plan 2013-2017, Shaping the Future of Medicine, defined our priorities; one of which was the creation of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity.  Our efforts are aimed at supporting the many innovative programs underway, as well as exploring new opportunities to embrace diversity and broaden access to people of all ethnicities, historical traditions and economic backgrounds, genders, religions and disabilities, and respecting sexual orientation and veteran status.  I urge you to visit our site often and let us share in this commitment with you.

BLOG: Conversations About Inclusion and Diversity

Why It is More Important Than Ever to Reveal the Hidden Curriculum in Educating the Next Generation of Physicians By Dr. Higginbotham

A recent article by a medical student from Brown University raises the question about the understanding of how future generations of physicians consider the influence that the social construct of “race” has on medicine.

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MLK Health Equity Symposium
MLK Health Equity Symposium

As the Perelman School of Medicine celebrates its 250th anniversary, experts in health policy, Veterans’ health, LGBT health, child health, and global women’s health will engage in a dialogue with the university community about strategies to achieve health equity over the next 250 years. Click here to view event details.

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Gender Diversity Science
Gender Diversity Science article

Here we present the first empirical evidence to support the hypothesis that a gender-heterogeneous problem-solving team generally produced journal articles perceived to be higher quality by peers than a team comprised of highly-performing individuals of the same gender. Although women were historically underrepresented as principal investigators of working groups, their frequency as PIs at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis is now comparable to the national frequencies...

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"From the Desk of Penn Faculty…"
Accommodating Bigotry article

Gregory McGriff is an Ivy league-trained internist who was once dismissed from a patient's room because McGriff is black. McGriff went on to relate a different incident in which a patient complained that he was “uppity,” having used terminology that the patient did not understand.  McGriff’s narrative brought to mind an occasion when I cared for an elderly member of the Ku Klux Klan.

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