DIMAH Background

Why DIMAH was established

A Higher Education Academy workshop in 2010 identified that in nearly a decade there had been little progress in the UK in the development of diversity teaching.


Many of the issues identified in 2003 remained, including the lack of clarity about what diversity teaching is, problems with engaging students in learning related to diversity, assessment of diversity, the lack of faculty buy in for diversity education and those with the responsibility for teaching diversity feeling isolated and not sufficiently competent to run teaching in this area.


A national working group ‘Diversity in Medicine and Healthcare’ (DIMAH) was established with the remit:

    • Develop a workable definition of diversity
    • Design a core curriculum for diversity education
    • Gain institutional support
    • Develop and share materials to support staff and faculty development
    • Develop opportunities for inter-professional learning


Some of these remits have been already achieved and we continue to work together to achieve the others. We view the work as dynamic and the need to continually evolve and improve in response to changing contexts so we will always welcome debate on the need for change and future developments.

Why we need you

Not only is there strength in numbers, there is also strength when there is healthy debate when issues that affect every aspect of health care engage with a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds.


Once again, welcome and we look forward to working with you!


The following poster was presented at the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) in Milan 2014, a worldwide organisation with members in 90 countries on five continents which include teachers, educators, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, deans, assessors, students and trainees in medicine and the healthcare professions.


AMEE promotes international excellence in education in the healthcare professions across the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education.


Poster about DIMAH