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Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University is deeply committed to teaching patient-centered and relationship-centered medicine. Our small, close-knit community of faculty, staff and student scholars come from many backgrounds with one purpose — to serve others. This shared engagement is both a gift and a strength.

Commitment to Diversity

We are an educational institution that values diversity of thought and experience. We are eager to welcome all who wish to join us in this pursuit. We recognize that those students who have persevered despite economic and other challenges have a wealth of transferrable skills that are invaluable to the health care profession.

We believe it is a global imperative to educate future physicians who not only treat the communities they serve, but also reflect them. We are committed to having our future physician workforce overcome the painful history of racism and discrimination in medicine.

To these ends, we aspire to be a teaching and learning community that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe that excellence in medical education thrives in a holistic environment of innovative and collaborative thinking. This calling is best achieved together.

Student Spotlight

Caurice Wynter, MD `22 smiles in a portrait.
School of Medicine student hopes her pandemic experience benefits future doctors

January 15, 2021

Caurice Wynter, MD `22, was celebrating her mother’s birthday at her family’s Bronx home in March when she received the call. Wynter, a fourth-year student in the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, learned she would not be resuming her surgical rotation at Waterbury Hospital. All of the School of Medicine’s students were pulled from their rotation sites due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.
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State of the School Address: Disabusing Disability

Dr. Oluwaferanmi O. Okanlami addressing students from his office

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On August 10, 2020, the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine held its Annual State of the School Address. Dr. Oluwaferanmi O. Okanlami, served as the keynote speaker, presenting, “Disabusing Disability: Demonstrating that Disability Doesn't Mean Inability.”

Past State of the School Address speakers:

  • August 12, 2019: Vivian Pinn, MD, Senior Scientist Emerita, Fogarty International Center, NIH, Former Director (Retired), Office of Research on Women’s Health, NIH
  • August 13, 2018: Aba Osseo-Asare, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine
  • August 14, 2017: David Acosta, MD Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges

Our Journey to Inclusive Excellence

In Spring 2021, we introduced the university’s first Equity and Inclusion Report. It tracks a variety of key initiatives that are building a culture of inclusive excellence, reports on the progress we are making, and spotlights the students, faculty and staff who are bringing this important work to life. This report will be updated twice a year.

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In Their Own Words

Don Sawyer sitting in a chair

Don C. Sawyer III, PhD

Vice President of Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer

“We don’t want diversity and inclusion to be ‘add-ons.’ We want to be a university where inclusive excellence is a part of our institutional fabric and a pillar of our existence. We want to create a community where everyone who comes here is part of the Quinnipiac University family and feels that they belong, are valued and are included.”

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