Health Disparities

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.

Graduate Medical Education at Wayne State begins with an introduction to Health Disparities as a standard part of the resident onboarding process, with brief introductory sessions provided during Orientation, the assignment of online modules on such topics as "Managing Unconscious Bias," and the administration of a Cultural Competency case during each summer OSCE training event. GME strongly encourages all residency programs to include training in health disparities and the social determinants of health as a regular part of didactics and in the forefront of clinical practice. In our Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Transitional Year programs at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, residents and faculty collaborate with community partners and university specialists to develop quality improvement projects designed to improve health outcomes for underserved populations.

Starting in 2021, in accord with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's 2020 Executive Directive, all residency programs will include implicit bias training. GME initiated a Health Disparities Task Force in the summer of 2020 to assist all programs in developing and implementing health disparities curricula as a standard component of residency training.