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Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, Oregon 97239
(503) 494-2998
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School Information
The OHSU School of Medicine was founded in 1867. Today, the medical school accepts over 230 students. "Students who do well at OHSU are independent, lifelong learners. Our graduates are motivated by scientific discovery and committed to becoming health care leaders who meet patients’ needs throughout the Northwest. In particular, the M.D. program seeks students who have an interest in rural health, underserved areas and primary care, or an understanding and appreciation of health care issues and an interest in biomedical research" (Source:
General Information
In response to the anti-racism movement, the School of Medicine created its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Strategic Action Plan. Resources and events related to inclusive language, anti-racism, and DEI are also offered. At this time, the school does not mandate Critical Race Training. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The organization Do No Harm also compiled "Verbatim excerpts from the secondary application questions posted on" According to the report, the school asks, "Please discuss how your personal experience demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity and contributes to diversity in the provision of healthcare. Diversity may include age, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council outlines its goals which include the following: "Implement focused training and education that addresses inequity in all departmental ranks."
  • The school has a Multicultural Center which “offers a safe shared space for ERGs/SIGs and other DEI partners around campus.”
  • A training program on “An Introduction to the Antiracism & Multiculturalism Continuum: Institutional Racism in Healthcare Settings” is offered in a course to participants.
  • The OHSO Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosts the “Intercultural Communication Training” program where partiants “explore concepts of cultural sensitivity, cultural humility, varying communication styles within the context of power and privilege relations, and how to leverage cultural diversity.”
Disciplinary Measures
  • The school's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council outlines their goals which includes the following: "Create a system to investigate and rectify patient, trainee and employee complaints of racism, sexual harassment, and micro-aggressions."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • It was stated that, “All OHSU Diagnostic Radiology Faculty members and trainees underwent a 2-part Stepping-In for Respect Workshop over the Fall of 2022 through Spring 2023.” This program was a bystander training program for inclusion.
  • The school has an Inclusive Language Guide.
  • The Department of Diversity and Equity at the school lists the upcoming events and webinars on diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
  • In the winter of 2020, the school's Department of Surgery published a document titled "2020: A Year of Innovation and Addressing Inequity in the Midst of a Pandemic" which states on Pg. 2 that "OHSU has responded with an active stance against structural racism." It lists several of its initiatives including the "Establishment of committees and programs across all departments to address systemic racism from the ground up."
  • The UME “Diversity Navigators” program works to “provide individual and group support and mentoring to medical students who self-identify as belonging to diverse and minoritized groups.”
Symbolic Actions
  • OHSU School of Medicine highlighted its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Strategic Action Plan for 2021-2025.
  • The Department of Radiology hosts a DEI & Belonging Committee which states that, “Proactive steps toward making inclusion and diversity an institutional aim will only serve to improve patient care.”
  • The school hosts the “Search Advocates” program where members undergo mandatory training. Afterwards, members “promote equity by serving as equity-centered advisors of the search and selection process.”
  • The M.D. Diversity Mentorship Program was launched and continues to run through the Spring 2023 semester.
Last updated November 16th, 2023
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