Mission & Goals

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Learners Experience Program in Medical Education (IDEAL MEd) is part of the Center for Student Life in the Office of Academic Programs in the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM).

IDEAL MEd supports the educational mission of PSOM by promoting an inclusive, welcoming, supportive and engaged medical student community, while cultivating an equitable student experience.

Please click on each goal to expand and find out more about the support that IDEAL MEd provides to Perelman students.

  • IDEAL MEd and the Office of Admissions work together to host programs for pre-med UIM students
  • Diversity recruitment visits to undergraduate schools and national meetings
  • Local, regional and national meetings of student-led and professional UIM organizations
  • Targeted diversity activities during the applicant interview season and in the post-acceptance period

  • Administration and advocacy for our core cultural affinity groups and their programs
  • UIM Peer Mentoring Program
  • Annual Student Life & Diversity Guide for the First Year
  • Diversity Week
  • Sponsor annual lectures: Nathan F. Mossell Lecture on Health Equity; Helen O. Dickens Lecture on Women in Medicine; and John E. Fryer Lecture on LGBT Health
  • UIM Convocation, a celebration of UIM graduates

Click on Our Students in the main navigation to find out more about Perelman's student-led cultural affinity groups. 

  • IDEAL MEd faculty available for scheduled appointments or walk-in visits to provide advice and counseling
  • Support of student-led spiritual and religious groups
  • Support of student-led wellness activities, including the MS1 Hiking Retreat

Click on Wellness in the main navigation to find out more about the wellness initiatives currently available to Perelman students 

  • Administrative support and advocacy for student-led community clinics and service organizations
  • Ongoing development of new service opportunities
  • Formal office hours for students to receive faculty and staff guidance and support
  • Annual information session for first-year students
  • Community Outreach Advisory Committee to address short-term and long-term needs and concerns
  • Skill-building workshops for student volunteers

Click on Community Outreach in the main navigation to find out more about the experiences currently available to Perelman students. 

  • Curricular Support
  • Community Engagement
  • Dedicated resources to affinity groups