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Northeast Ohio Medical University

Medical School

Mailing Address
4209 St. Rt. 44,
PO Box 95
Rootstown, Ohio 44272
(800) 686-2511
Email address
School Information
"NEOMED, founded in 1973 to meet Northeast Ohio’s critical need for primary care physicians, is a community-based, publicly supported health sciences university with colleges of medicine, pharmacy and graduate studies." "The College of Medicine is in its fifth decade of developing physicians for and from Ohio, with many of its students focusing on patient-centered care in underserved areas. The college has about 600 medical school students spanning pre-clinical and clinical years, over 2,300 full-time and affiliated faculty members and 13 academic departments." (Source:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The President’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Council 2022 Report states that "Tests like MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) are biased" and that "The solution was a no-brainer for us: Make medical school accessible to qualified underrepresented minorities now and improve the prevalence of diverse health professionals, and you will improve patient trust of providers as well as the outcomes for those who have traditionally been underrepresented with true health equity."
  • The President’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Council 2022 Report states, "After several meetings during the first few months of 2021, the Advisory Council prioritized objectives where resources could be used to have the biggest impact, adopting 13 of them to support goals of increasing underrepresented minority (URM) enrollment while accelerating success and ensuring sustainability."
  • The NEOMED 2015-2020 Strategic Plan states the following regarding its admissions strategies: "Increase funding for diversity admissions recruitment including outreach efforts with minority communities and diverse professional organizations. Increase underrepresented diverse student campus visits and participation in minority education recruitment fairs."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The NEOMED 2015-2020 Strategic Plan states that "Student development around unconscious bias will be implemented during student orientation and throughout student matriculation."
  • On February 1, 2021, the university's news site reported that after the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, "a seven-member student team of second-year College of Medicine students led by Stacey Gardner-Buckshaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of family and community medicine, developed a plan for anti-racism training."
  • On March 1, 2021, the university's news site reported on a "series of anti-racism workshops organized by NEOMED students" which "explored aspects of intersectionality."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The President’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Council 2022 Report states the following: "At NEOMED, we fight to address racial disparities in medicine, including an underrepresentation of textbook images demonstrating manifestations of diseases in people of color. This software [VisualDX] helps us tackle that disparity by allowing access to a vast library of images of disease presentations, specific to people of color."
  • The President’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Council 2022 Report states, "In alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan, three goals and 13 objectives were established to increase campus diversity, as well as provide a more equitable and culturally competent curriculum for students in the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy and Graduate Studies."
  • The NEOMED 2015-2020 Strategic Plan states that "A number of initiatives have already been implemented, which include: diversity campus climate surveys, diversity focus groups, diversity co-curricular education, and efforts to infuse cultural competency into the curriculum."
  • Goal three of The NEOMED 2015-2020 Strategic Plan states the following: "Infuse and maintain the principles of diversity in the curriculum. Promote pedagogical strategies that facilitate respect of differences, understanding health disparities, cultural impact on health care and health care decisions, and effective cross cultural communication in the health care profession."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The NEOMED 2015-2020 Strategic Plan states that the university would "Develop and implement mandatory diversity training for managers and supervisors which includes unconscious bias, intercultural communication and cultural competency."
Program and Research Funding
  • The university's Social Justice Pathway program is "designed to introduce medicine students to contemporary social justice issues that intersect with medical practice, as well as to foster critical thinking on social issues and compassionate care for underserved, marginalized, or otherwise socially disadvantaged and/or vulnerable patient populations."
  • The university provides social justice and anti-racism resources which includes Ibram Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist" and "White Fragility : Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism" by Robin DiAngelo.
Symbolic Actions
  • In the summer of 2023, the university published its response to the Supreme Court's decision regarding race-conscious admission policies and stated the following: “NEOMED is currently reviewing the full text of the Supreme Court decision to determine what impact the decision will have on NEOMED. We are also awaiting legislation in Ohio to determine any impact the state’s changes may have on diversity programs. NEOMED includes diversity among its strategic priorities to train and educate health professionals who reflect the communities they will one day serve. Recognizing the patterns of disparate outcomes that occur from standardized testing, NEOMED subscribes to best practices in the use of holistic admission approaches that provide opportunities for an array of students to thrive in advanced health professions degree programs."
Last updated July 17th, 2023
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