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Physician Diversity Scholars

Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
38 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on January 31, at 10:32 AM EST
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Physician Diversity Scholars

In partnership with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Cleveland Clinic’s Physician Diversity Scholars Program enables more students from culturally diverse backgrounds to receive medical training at the Heritage College’s South Pointe Hospital campus by providing the support they need to become world-class caregivers in Northeast Ohio.

The program provides mentoring and scholarship awards to traditionally underrepresented minority (URM) students entering the field of medicine.

Through this work, we are strategically:

  • Promoting diversity and inclusion across the Northeast Ohio workforce
  • Establishing a foundation for URM students to be successful in medicine
  • Retaining bright, talented physicians here in Northeast Ohio to care for urban families with disproportionally high cases of preventable disease

Often, urban communities need primary care practitioners to care for their families close to home. More personalized care is provided when physicians reflect a community’s unique diversity and culture.

The Physician Diversity Scholars Program illustrates Cleveland Clinic and Ohio University’s commitment to embracing and encouraging diversity, as well as giving promising students the tools they need to succeed in the medical field and lead in healthcare tomorrow.


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Twenty Percent Club

Our goal is to increase underrepresented minority graduates among the OU-HCOM class to 20% by 2020. The national average is just 12%.


Mission Tuition

Tuition at OU-CHOM is approx. $35,584 a year. Each gift made to the Physician Diversity Scholars Program helps to offset the cost of tuition for a promising student passionate about serving and improving the health of the community.


Textbook Champion

According to the College Board, the average annual cost of books for a college student ranges from $850 to $1,000. Help our students access the resources they need to thrive.


Improving Health for All

OU-HCOM students are trained to address the various factors that influence health - from nutrition to economic stability to education - to improve health and wellness in our most under-served neighborhoods.


Platinum Sponsor

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that the average medical school debt balance for graduating physicians in 2015 was $183,000. This is a substantial barrier to students from underprivileged backgrounds and with an interest in Primary Care, which typically yields lower lifetime earnings. Your support helps to reduce this burden for students who want to spend their careers improving the health of the communities they serve.