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We have long invested in a variety of programs to support diversity. The creation of the SOM Office of Inclusive Excellence was a result of the 2012 UNC SOM Strategic Plan. The SOM also supports a large and active Office of Special Programs that supports the recruitment, well-being and retention of underrepresented minority students.

Over the last several years we have launched a variety of programs including Back to Carolina, Resident Diversity Initiative, First Look, Second Look, and the SOM Diversity Council.

We have a strong tradition of diversity in our medical student classes and increasing diversity among our residents. UNC SOM has graduated the sixth most African American physicians behind three HBCUs and two other larger schools. We rank 5th nationally for total minority PhD completion in the biological and biomedical sciences.

ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES MANAGEMENT TOOL, IN THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE:

  • 8.7% of faculty identify as underrepresented in medicine
  • 94th percentile nationally for graduates who are Black or African American
  • 69th percentile nationally of faculty who are underrepresented minorities

THROUGH ACHIEVING DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVES, WE WILL MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER BY:

  • Increasing our education on diversity and inclusion
  • Continuing to improve our institutional visibility around diversity
  • across our community

PRIORITIES

  • Build a more diverse community reflective of those we serve
  • Cultivate an environment that promotes a more inclusive culture
  • Strengthen institutional infrastructure and systems to support diversity, equity and inclusion efforts