Aimee Medeiros – Differences Matter Initiative Diversity Leader

The School of Medicine believes that diversity brings strength and innovation, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable academic environment that celebrates diversity in our community. This commitment – formalized last year with the launch of Differences Matter – also recognizes the diversity of our patients and the inequities they may face in accessing healthcare.

The Differences Matter Initiative is comprised of six action groups, consisting of students, faculty, and staff led by the Dean’s Diversity Leaders. This group was tasked with a mandate to develop and implement initiatives that will increase diversity in our academic community, train students to more effectively treat diverse patient populations, deliver more equitable care to our communities, design clinical research that is more inclusive of minorities and people from underserved groups, and eliminate disparities in accessing medical education opportunities.

Together, we are co-creating a culture that celebrates diversity so that all may thrive, recognizing that this requires:

  • Awareness that health and education inequities affect patients’ wellbeing, and that lack of diversity in the academic environment and the workplace dilutes talent, innovation, and excellence;
  • Skill and commitment to break down the walls differentiating or alienating people from each other, and;
  • Action to create more equitable patient care, medical education, and workforces.

We invite you to learn more about Differences Matter and read an article recently posted online that explains more about this initiative and UCSF’s investment supporting diversity and inclusion, including existing programs already underway and ones we are poised to implement this year.


Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD
Dean, School of Medicine

Catherine R. Lucey, MD
Vice Dean for Education
The Faustino and Martha Molina Bernadett Presidential Chair in Medical Education
Professor of Medicine

Last modified: May 17, 2017