August 8, 2021

AAMC's chief diversity officer to speak on diversity and equity in medical schools

David Acosta, M.D., the chief Diversity and Inclusion officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, will speak on diversity, equity and inclusion in medical schools during a virtual meeting with the Wayne State University School of Medicine on Aug. 24.

Dr. Acosta, who provides strategic vision and leadership for the AAMC’s diversity and inclusion activities across the medical education community, and who leads the association’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion unit, will present “The State of DEI in U.S. Medical Schools in These Uncertain Times” from noon to 1:30 p.m., including a question-and-answer session.

David Acosta, M.D.

The presentation is open to the first 1,000 students, faculty and staff who join the Zoom link.

A Family Medicine physician, Dr. Acosta joined the AAMC from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, where he served as senior associate dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and associate vice chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion. He also was chief diversity officer for the UC Davis Health System.

He previously served as the first chief diversity officer at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where he established the Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and founded the UW School of Medicine Center for Cultural Proficiency in Medical Education. He also established a rural health fellowship program for Tacoma Family Medicine, a residency program affiliated with the UW Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Acosta earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Loyola University and his medical degree from the UC Irvine School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Community Hospital of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, Calif., an affiliate of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, and a faculty development fellowship at the UW Department of Family Medicine.

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