Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The WVU Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) come in many forms, including race/ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Our faculty, staff and trainees have unique opportunities to work closely with rural, Appalachian patients, a historically socioeconomically disadvantaged population with low healthcare literacy. Our goal is to recruit faculty and trainees of different backgrounds to better serve our patients, foster a learning environment that celebrates individuals of all backgrounds, and train culturally competent physicians who will thrive in any setting they find themselves in after graduation.

We have recently initiated a program of scholarships to students at medical schools in historically black colleges and universities who choose to perform clinical or research rotations in ophthalmology at WVU.

To learn more about diversity at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, visit the WVU Health Sciences Diversity website.