Equity Matters

The Mission of the Wayne State University School of Medicine

We will educate a diverse student body in an urban setting and within a culture of inclusion, through high quality education, clinical excellence, pioneering research, local investment in our community and innovative technology, to prepare physician and biomedical scientific leaders to achieve health and wellness for our society.

Since 1868, the Wayne State School of Medicine (WSUSOM) has prepared students to be health care leaders and advocates for change. Our dedication to urban clinical excellence and contribution to Detroit's revitalization is unwavering. Our community service roots run deep, and our focus on a healthier world grows ever stronger.

WSUSOM students, residents, and faculty are committed to working with health care systems and community partners to reduce health disparities and improve patients' lives. Through social responsiveness and a continuous focus on innovation in education, research and clinical care, WSUSOM continues to train a diverse group of physicians who will transform the promise of equal health for all into a reality. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minority populations has made the challenge of achieving greater health equity more critical than ever.

In order to address health equity in residency training and clinical care, in 2020 GME established a Health Disparities Task Force to assist programs develop and implement health equity training as a permanent component of residency education. In addition, in 2021 GME and its primary clinical partner, Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, were selected to participate in the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers' (AIAMC) National Initiative VIII on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI). The GME and Ascension Providence team was selected based upon a demonstrated commitment to better understanding and improving justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in their clinical learning environments. The team will collaborate with hospitals across the US in developing and implementing a plan that will positively impact both individual performance and institutional culture.