University of Pittsburgh Resources
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) is committed to diversity and inclusion. At UPSOM, diversity encompasses all dimensions of race, physical ability, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, social and economic status, age, religion, and experience. Since 1967, the UPSOM has sustained a strategic emphasis on increasing the participation of U.S. underrepresented minorities in clinical medicine, biomedical research, teaching, and service. Accordingly, programs, initiatives, and areas of focus have been developed to implement that commitment and maximize the benefits of diversity and inclusion.
- The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences’ Office of Health Sciences Diversity (OHSD) assists departments within the schools of the health sciences to seek qualified, diverse candidates for academic opportunities; assess internal and external pipelines to graduate education and health professions; build programs to bridge any existing gaps; connect individuals at all points of the pipeline to role models, mentors, and opportunities within the schools of health sciences by partnering with existing organizations and programs or assisting in the planning and implementation of new programs; assist schools to secure campus and extramural funding for programs and initiatives advancing faculty and student diversity; and create and monitor systems of evaluation that measure success for diversity and inclusion, including overall faculty, resident, fellow, and student success.
- The University’s Disability Resources and Services Department provides support regarding the rights and responsibilities of students, trainees, staff, and faculty with documented disabilities. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals who are disabled in accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. DRS staff work to assist constituents with evaluating needs, requesting accommodations, and facilitating the process. They provide services such as assistive technologies and adaptive equipment, conversion of print materials to a variety of alternate formats, and accessible transportation via the University’s shuttle system.
The Society of Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities provides resources and support for disabled physicians, nurses, students, and other healthcare professionals with disabilities. The mission of this society is to foster a supportive community and to provide disability resources and tools for healthcare professionals, students, family members, and friends. Membership is complimentary; click here to join. Once you join, you may participate in the organization’s online forum by posting questions, responding with comments, and browsing a variety of discussions.