Health Sciences Diversity

Programs & Initiatives

Closing the diversity gap in the health professions and improving the quality of health care for underserved communities are the main objectives of our programs and initiatives. Increasing diversity of the health care workforce creates opportunities to begin working toward eliminating disparities and improving the quality of health care for underserved communities.

Our philosophy includes a five-pronged approach:

  1. Starting early in the pipeline;
  2. Working along multiple segments of the pipeline;
  3. Cross-collaborating among health science schools;
  4. Developing culture to increase retention of faculty, staff and students;
  5. Effectively leveraging and integrating partnerships.

The projects featured below are essential to creating a health care workforce that resembles our very diverse nation, as well as many other projects health science-wide at Pitt.

AspiringDocs.org

Pitt was one of four pilot sites of the Association of American Medical College's AspiringDocs campaign to increase diversity in medicine.

Creating Opportunities and Access to Careers in Health (COACH)

The COACH program facilitates the preparation of students as competitive applicants for health professionals school.

Diversity Speaker Series

Experts present Diversity in Practice lectures that focus on diversity and inclusion in the work place, health professions education, and health care. 

PATHS Mentoring Program

A joint venture between Pitt and UPMC, PATHS pairs senior faculty mentors with residents, fellows, and junior faculty members to facilitate mentees' retention and upward progression into senior faculty positions. 

Physician Diversity Quality Improvement Process

This quality improvement process addresses experiences and decision making of minority physicians enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Post-baccalaureate Programs

Post-baccalaureate programs are available for those individuals who wish to pursue a career as a physician, dentist, veterinarian, optometrist or pharmacist and do not have the prerequisite courses to apply to these programs.

Research and Enrichment Programs

Participants in our health sciences schools programs benefit from academic and clinical research and enrichment experiences that enhance their preparation for applying to health professions schools.