By Wendy Sarubbi | October 19, 2016 1:32 pm

How can we make the College of Medicine the most inclusive medical school in the world? In conjunction with UCF’s Diversity Week, the med school will hold event October 20 from noon until 1 p.m. where groups will offer their unique perspectives on inclusion.

101415-com-diversity-pin-fixedThe event is dedicated to Dr. Carlene Grant, the med school’s assistant director of diversity, who died unexpectedly several weeks ago. Dr. Grant was our founding clerkship coordinator for pediatrics and in her new role had been working with students, faculty, staff and the community on inclusion initiatives.

Beginning at noon, we’ll have stations in the Atrium and at the Health Sciences Library to encourage inclusive thinking and actions. Two of the stations will be offered by student groups focused on increasing inclusion for people who have traditionally been overlooked in healthcare: Student members of the Student National Medical Association chapter, which represents physicians of color, and student members of a new LGBTQ+ organization at the med school. Other groups presenting perspectives and information are:

  • The MedPACt (Medical Students Providing Across Continents) group will discuss its efforts in caring for underserved populations in our community and abroad.
  • The student Women’s Health Group will discuss its advocacy for addressing the special health needs of women.
  • The College of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • The College of Medicine’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion, which includes faculty, staff and students who promote inclusionary activities
  • The Harriett F. Ginsberg Health Sciences Library, which is focused on providing the most accurate information on healthcare disparities, cultural issues impacting medicine and the nation’s best inclusion efforts.

The goal with this event is to provide opportunities for diverse groups to share their experience and perspectives to inspire discussions on making the medical school more inclusive. We hope you will attend, listen, engage and learn.

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