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4.20.2012

Miller School Honored for Excellence in Diversity

The Miller School has been recognized again for its unwavering commitment to diversity, this time earning the Student National Medical Association’s award for Diversity in Medicine: Excellence in Institutional Diversity.

“I am proud of this wonderful accomplishment and feel so grateful to have entrusted my medical education and training to an institution that embraces cultural awareness and competence among its entire student body,” said Jametria Howard-Jones, a second-year student and regional director of the SNMA who nominated the Miller School for the award presented at the organization’s Annual Medical Education Conference in Atlanta, April 4-8.

“I believe what we are doing here at the Miller School of Medicine can serve as a valuable example of how to prepare and educate future physicians to be respectful, welcoming and understanding of all patients across the globe.”

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, said “the Miller School and the entire UHealth-University of Miami Health System are the medical heart of one of the most diverse communities in the country. We are proudly committed to reflecting that diversity in all that we do and are pleased to be recognized for our deep commitment.”

The SNMA has served and advocated on behalf of underserved communities and medical students since it was established by medical students from Howard University and Meharry Medical College in 1964. Today, members include more than 6,000 medical students, pre-medical students, residents and physicians from across the nation and internationally.

The Diversity in Medicine: Excellence in Institutional Diversity award honors a medical school/institution which has demonstrated a commitment to diversity through admissions, innovative programming/curriculum, and development of an environment welcoming of diversity.

“We are elated to receive this award which recognizes the Miller School’s commitment to the full spectrum of diversity that enriches the medical education process for students, faculty and staff,” said Nanette Vega, director of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. “Diversity is an integral and unquestionable part of our University and I congratulate everyone for playing a role in sustaining an environment where diversity is celebrated.”

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