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Cleveland Clinic Physician Diversity Scholars Program

A Partnership with Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine


Cleveland Clinic is proud to partner with Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (Heritage College, Cleveland) to introduce the Cleveland Clinic Physician Diversity Scholars Program. The program represents the strong commitment of both organizations to embrace and encourage diversity among the providers caring for the diverse population of our communities, while also ensuring they are providing care of the highest quality.

The Physician Diversity Scholars program takes a proactive approach to building diversity by giving first-year underrepresented minority medical students a unique opportunity for growth and engagement. The program seeks to help these students become well-rounded, accomplished scholars with the ability to make a positive impact on the diversity of northeast Ohio’s health care industry. The Physician Diversity Scholars program is open to all underrepresented minority medical students at the Heritage College, Cleveland. Underrepresented minority for the Heritage College is defined as Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian.

Those selected to participate in the four-year program are matched with a Cleveland Clinic health system physician with whom they will have an opportunity to develop a mentor/scholar relationship. The program is designed to complement each scholar’s curriculum at the Heritage College while offering purposeful and meaningful interaction with underrepresented minority community populations in a health care context.

As the medical students progress through the program, a portion of their training will be provided at Cleveland Clinic hospitals and family health centers.

From mentor experiences to community service to professional enrichment, the program ensures that participants will gain exceptional knowledge that can only be derived from experiential learning.

Upon completion of the program, scholars will derive long-term benefit from their established relationships within Cleveland Clinic’s accredited health care system and the experiences they gain from participation in this truly innovative venture.


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