With Diversity, Everyone Counts

Diversity encompasses acceptance and respect through understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing individual differences.

The exploration of these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment and celebrating the rich dimensions contained within each individual is what diversity is all about. Diversity is about a commitment to recognize and appreciate the variety of characteristics that make individuals unique. We strive for an atmosphere that promotes individual and collective achievement.

We celebrate and learn from diversity and we value individual differences. Diversity is central to our academic school of medicine mission and serves as a driver of program excellence.
We continue to promote an inclusive environment by attracting, recruiting and retaining individuals who represent varying backgrounds and perspectives which bring value to our medical school.

Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC)

The Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC) shall function in an advisory and programmatic capacity to the Dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (JCESOM) and the Dean’s appointed officials. The MAC shall research, and advise on action items aimed at improving and maintaining a Diverse and Culturally Competent Medical School community at the Joan C. Edwards Marshall School of Medicine.


The MAC is comprised of Faculty, Residents, Staff, Students and community members who are charged to serve on one of three distinct subcommittees. Diversity and cultural competency intersect with all activities of the medical school community and each subcommittees is charged to address the intersection of Cultural Awareness, Recruitment and Retention and Curriculum Diversity.

Health Spectrum Alliance

Dr. Rainbow

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting medical students, addressing the needs of under-served communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

SNMA chapters based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the nation, and some colleges, implement our programs and activities locally. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.

For more information, click here.

Project PREMED

Project PREMED offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to explore medical school as a career path. Students also gain insights into the processes and preparation required for applying to and attending medical school. Project PREMED is a five-day residential experience held during the summer.