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Diversity in Medical Education

At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, we offer programs designed to educate medical students and other members of our community on diversity issues in order to help them develop cultural competency.

Practice of Medicine

The Practice of Medicine is a patient-centered program and continuity of care forum that helps medical students develop culturally competent clinical skills.


Our curricular pillars are an educational tool that emphasizes essential competencies in medicine, grouped by theme, such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and tuberculosis. Each of our pillars includes a diversity component, involving lectures and team-based learning activities designed to teach students about disparities that affect health outcomes.

Health Disparities Selective

Medical students at NYU Grossman School of Medicine learn about health inequities that affect patient care and health outcomes through the health disparities selective, one of the MD degree selective courses. The four-week program uses readings, seminars, specialty clinics, and reflections to teach students about factors that can create health disparities, including race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, income, and education.

Students may elect to complete an MD degree scholarly concentration in health disparities by combining the selective with eight weeks of health disparities research.

Gender and Health Selective

The four-week selective in gender and health exposes MD students to a variety of seminars about women’s health, men’s health, and LGBTQ+ health. Students explore the influence of gender, sex, and sexuality as biomedical and psychosocial determinants of health and disease and learn to assess similarities and differences in healthcare for these communities.

Students experience both classroom and clinical learning opportunities. They may take part in journal clubs that focus on how the curricular pillar themes are affected by gender.

This selective is available to MD students who have completed at least one primary rotation. Students may also elect to complete a concentration in gender and health by combining the selective with eight weeks of research.

Safe Zone: Med

Content from the Safe Zone curriculum has been fully incorporated into the standard curriculum at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where all students participate in Safe Zone training.