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Department of Internal Medicine Diversity Committee

The mission of The Ohio State University Medical Center is to improve people's lives through innovation in research, education and patient care. Diversity is central to our academic medical center mission and serves as a driver of institutional excellence.

The U.S. Census projects that by 2050, the Hispanic and Asian populations will both triple, the black population will almost double and the white population will remain stable. As the U.S. becomes more ethnically and racially diverse, there is a need for healthcare systems and providers that can reflect and respond to an increasingly heterogeneous patient base.

Knowing how to serve people with different (diverse) values, health beliefs and alternative perspectives about health and wellness is a business imperative in the most diverse regions of the U.S.

What is Diversity?

Diversity carries many definitions.  Webster’s dictionary defines diversity as the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.

Simply stated:

“Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.”
Theodore Roosevelt, The Man In The Arena: Speeches and Essays by Theodore Roosevelt

Diversity at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

In recognition of the importance of diversity, The OSUWMC has established an Office of Diversity and Inclusion under the leadership of Leon McDougle, MD.

We celebrate and learn from our diversity and we value individual differences. We see diversity as the uniqueness each of us brings to achieving our shared mission and goals. We recognize and value different perspectives, characteristics, experiences and attributes of each individual in creating an environment where we thrive on and benefit from our difference. A diverse culture optimizes the Medical Center's ability to provide innovative and evidence-based health care personalized for each individual by supporting a greater understanding and appreciation for each individual's genetic makeup, behavior, experience, and beliefs.

The Department of Internal Medicine Diversity Committee was started under the leadership of Michael Grever, MD, Chair of Internal Medicine.  The committee represents a “diverse” group of faculty, housestaff and administrative staff who are passionate about diversity and assuring the equal representation of all gender, racial and socioeconomic groups at the medical center.

Why is this committee important?

Diversity optimizes the academic medical center’s educational outcomes for healthcare professionals, trainees, researchers, and patients.  The DOIM has recognized the benefits of respecting and acknowledging differences among individuals or groups.

Mission:  The mission of the DOIM Diversity Committee is that all patients, irrespective of race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status or sexual identity, will receive high-quality, personalized health care.

Vision:  The vision of the DOIM Diversity Committee is to enhance the cultural competence and awareness of all OSUWMC faculty and staff in regards to diversity issues that will result in transformational care for our patients.

The process of developing cultural competence is a means of responding effectively to the huge ethnic and racial demographic shifts and changes that are confronting our country’s healthcare system. Cultural competence is a defined set of policies, behaviors, attitudes and practices that enable individuals and organizations to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. Cultural competence is the ability of systems to provide care to patients with diverse values, beliefs and behaviors, including the tailoring of delivery to meet patients’ social, cultural and linguistic needs.

The committee has initiated several projects to help fulfil the mission and achieve the vision of cultural competence:

  1. A Diversity webpage was developed as a resource for diversity information for the DOIM.
  1. In 2014, an initial Diversity Survey was administered to trainees (residents and fellows) to assess the department’s baseline opinions and thoughts on the issue of diversity and obtain insight on focus areas and also provide metrics to track improvement.
  1. The first ever Diversity Medical Ground Rounds was presented on 10/18/14.  This featured  the Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Leon McDougle, who gave an update on diversity at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  This presentation was followed by “real life” case presentations to illustrate the issues that can arise on hospital rounds with discussion provided by a panel of Medical Center leaders

It is our desire to enhance the diversity awareness of the OSUWMC community through educational sessions, grand rounds, surveys and roundtable discussions.  Furthermore, we seek to be a valuable resource for those with “real life” patient care issues that may require further cultural compentency awareness and guidance.


Cassandra Grenade, MD                                                                                   
Chair, Diversity Committee  
Assistant Professor
Medical Oncology                              

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