The osteopathic medical profession has a longstanding tradition of commitment to diversity. Osteopathic medical schools and AACOM encourage diversity, and many have recruitment programs aimed at attracting and training underrepresented minority physicians to serve our nation’s diverse population.
Colleges of osteopathic medicine welcome students from all ethnic backgrounds, races, and genders. The colleges adhere to all legal requirements, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). AACOMAS and its parent organization, AACOM, participate in events that are dedicated to promoting diversity and serving diverse populations. Read more about Diversity in Osteopathic Medical Education.
Financial Aid Supporting Diversity
AACOM offers one scholarship each year to students from historically underrepresented minority groups. For more information, visit the Financial Aid page. Financial aid officers at each of the colleges will be able to provide up-to-date information about other scholarships for minority students.
Mentoring and Other Support Programs
Programs at Osteopathic Medical Colleges
Mentoring and other support programs for underrepresented minority students are available at individual schools. These programs may include summer workshops, open houses, and residence programs. For more information, visit the college websites for programs that interest you.
Pipeline Mentoring Institute (PMI)
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest independent, student-led organization committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students. SNMA is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minority students (particularly those who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American) entering medicine and other health professions by supporting K-12 and premedical students through the PMI. If you have questions, contact email@example.com or visit www.snma.org.
MedEq Mobile App
AACOM is a proud sponsor of the MedEq mobile app. MedEq is an app developed by Renee Volny Darko, DO, for diversity recruitment and career development aimed at helping students who are underrepresented in medicine on their path to a career in healthcare. Learn more and download the app today.
Diversity in Osteopathic Medicine
Previously recorded Recruiting Event and Workshop
Hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), this virtual event originally aired on September 12, 2020 and features an informative workshop by the members of Tour for Diversity in Medicine. Tour for Diversity in Medicine, conceived by former medical student leaders, is a grassroots effort to educate, inspire, and cultivate future minority physicians and dentists. Current trends in racial and ethnic health care disparities are widely documented and a major focus of many recent federal and state health policy changes. One frequently discussed solution is the need to increase the number of minority providers. Learn more about Tour for Diversity in Medicine at tour4diversity.org.