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About the Program

Responding to Needs of Community

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Recruiting a Diverse Physician Workforce

While the population of northeast Ohio has continuously become more diverse, the recognition of this growing diversity and what it requires to thrive is often overlooked. As an internationally recognized nonprofit provider of health care services throughout northeast Ohio and beyond, Cleveland Clinic is aware that a diverse and culturally competent workforce is critical to addressing health care disparities while improving outcomes in the communities we serve.

Awareness of this issue prompted deeper investigation into our diverse patient base and the representative physicians providing care. As a result, Cleveland Clinic is seeking to broaden the representation of our health care team to reflect the community we serve.

Cleveland Clinic has always strived to provide the best quality of care to all patients; in our opinion, the best way to do so is to have a health care team that can understand culturally specific patient needs. We believe that mutual understanding can result in the best patient outcomes.

To address this significant need, Cleveland Clinic and Heritage College, Cleveland, will together recruit a diverse physician workforce, work with them to deliver a higher standard in health care and achieve the ultimate goal of the Physician Diversity Scholars Program – to promote racial and ethnic diversity within health care settings by supporting underrepresented minority students throughout their journey to their chosen health care profession.

Celebrating and enhancing diverse health care relationships begins with fostering a new wave of physicians to fill the gap in cultural understanding and trust; this can enhance appropriate access and the overall quality of care for underrepresented minority patients. Through this program, Cleveland Clinic will provide the incentives and support necessary for participants to thrive in the health care field.

Program Structure

Each scholar will have a physician mentor with whom they will meet regularly throughout their time in medical school. The Cleveland Clinic Physician Diversity Scholars Program will include group events for mentors and scholars.

Meet the Steering Committee

Cleveland Clinic

Margaret McKenzie, MD, MS
OB/GYN & Women’s Health Institute, Center for Specialized Women’s Health
Executive Sponsor, Cleveland Clinic Physician Diversity Scholars Program
President, South Pointe Hospital

Shelly-Anne Rodriguez, MD
Anesthesia Institute, Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Chair, Cleveland Clinic Physician Diversity Scholars Program Steering Committee
Physician Director, Cleveland Clinic Physician Diversity Scholars Program

Allan Chiunda, MD, PhD, MPH
Imaging Institute, Department of Musculoskeletal Radiology
Director, Clinical Effectiveness, Initiatives & Innovations, South Pointe Hospital

Troy Woodard, MD
Head & Neck Institute, Department of Rhinology, Skull Base & Sinus Surgery
Surgical Director, Beachwood Ambulatory Surgical Center

Ohio University Heritage College Of Osteopathic Medicine

Isaac Kirstein, DO, FACOI
Dean, Cleveland

Terra Ndubuizu, MBA
Senior Director, Campus Administration

Tanisha King, PhD
Chief Inclusion Officer

Ryan Clopton-Zymler, MSSA
Assistant Director, Inclusion

Questions?

Email Ryan Clopton-Zymler at rczymler@ohio.edu for more information.