Diversity & Health Equity

Connecting and Engaging Across Communities

In your journey to becoming a physician leader, it is incumbent upon you to uncover and learn about your biases, broaden your cultural humility, and understand your values and how all of these shape the care you give. We also want you to feel like a welcome and valued member of our learning community while you do so. 

As an institution, we are committed to being more forthright in our intentions and actions to root out discrimination and racism, and continue to support and challenge all of us to explore how we can grow together to be more inclusive and equitable every day.

At Michigan, you will find the tools and resources to serve diverse patients in communities around the corner and across the globe, pursue research questions about equity and inclusion, and learn from interacting with an amazing group of peers and mentors.

Ongoing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Opportunities

Curriculum for Health Disparities and the Underserved (CHDU):

M1s who serve on the CHDU committee are committed to seeking out ongoing opportunities to incorporate meaningful health disparities education into the M1 curriculum. After identifying these opportunities, CHDU members engage with students, faculty and administration to craft implementation plans. Ongoing projects include providing incoming students with resources for self-learning and discussion through reflection questions, and developing programming to enhance Race, Identity, and Privilege in Medicine discussions during the M1 year.

The CHDU has also created a maternal health disparities supplement for the Scientific Trunk's Pregnancy and Reproduction content; worked with dermatology faculty to provide feedback on lecture slides using a DEI framework; collaborated with the Student Council to create a review process for DEI-related concerns that arise from questions on evaluations/assessments; incorporated learning objectives, supplemental readings and edits to the Doctoring course substance use disorder packet; and worked with Doctoring course administration to improve sessions, including the session on Immigration and Health.

Health Equity Scholars Program (HESP) - Maintains long-term community partnerships with:

Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI):

OutMD Student Org: Creates Medical School Pride Alliance Report Cards

Student Diversity Council

White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) Student Org: Creates institutional Racial Justice Report Cards

White Coats for Planetary Health Student Org 

Serving Under-Resourced Communities

Global and Domestic Research-Related Opportunities

Global Health Equity:

Fogarty International Center Fellowship (Dose of Reality post)

Global Anesthesiology (Sierra Leone)

Global Health & Disparities Path of Excellence

Global REACH (Student Funding, Faculty Funding, Research Support)

Grace Care Center Diabetes Clinic (Sri Lanka)

OBGYN-related opportunities (Ethiopia, Guatemala)

Project Shunt (Guatemala)

Community-Based Health Equity:

Capstone Project Archives: Extensive references to clinics that other students collaborated with in past years.

Global Health & Disparities Path of Excellence

OHEI-sponsored Research and Fellowship Opportunities

Language Opportunities

Michigan medical students have access to several opportunities to improve their medical language skills through electives and student groups including Medicine in Spanish, Medicine in Mandarin, American Sign Language and Medical French 

Student- and Department-Organized Conferences and Events

Caring for Communities of Color Conference

Diversity in Medicine Conference: Unites health professionals from across the country to highlight efforts to increase diversity in medicine.

HOPE Symposium: Creating pipelines and pathways for an equitable future in the healthcare workforce.

Moses Gunn Research Conference

Office for Health Equity and Inclusion events 

NIH Electives and Research Years

Mentorship and Menteeship

Mentorship:

Black Medical Association (BMA) mentorship program (Dose of Reality blog) with students in Black Undergraduate (BUMA)

Doctors of Tomorrow (Video)

Frog Island Track Club

Latin American and Native American Medical Association (LANAMA) mentorship program with students in Latinx Undergraduate Medical Association (LUMA) 

Medical Association 

Medstart

MiHealth

Success Connects: Through UMMS’s OHEI and undergraduate school’s OAMI, mentorship opportunities with pre-health UMich undergraduate students.

OHEI Michigan Health Sciences Summer Institute 

Menteeship:

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Mentorship Pairing Program 

ANASTOMOSIS Surgical Mentorship program

Anesthesiology Mentorship Program

Dermatology Pipeline Program

LEAGUES Fellowship in Surgery

M-FAMS - Michigan Faculty-Medical Student Partnership: Collaboration between the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) and our Student Diversity Council (SDC). Connects students with faculty members for any DEI-related efforts, questions or issues.

Ophthalmology Pipeline Programs

Paths of Excellence Faculty Advisor Pairings: Through a Paths of Excellence track, students are hand-selected mentors based on shared interests or experiences.

Urology Pipeline Program (Uroversity)

Department-Specific DEI Initiatives

Identity-Based Student Groups

One of our central goals is that each future physician improves access and health care for underserved and vulnerable patients and populations in their everyday work, whether it be academic medicine, teaching, research, or community practice.

Brent Williams, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Co-Director of the Global Health & Disparities Path of Excellence

Communities We Serve

Some of our faculty research mentors talk about what inspires them to seek answers for individual patients and entire communities they may never meet, and the significant contributions medical students make to push our knowledge forward while they train with us.