Getting Started Resources

These resources cover the key concepts in diversity and offer some frameworks for educators. A key part of our work is to improve diversity in your respective curricula and these provide some useful starting points.


Other sections of our website provide examples of teaching in curricula around the UK, as well as examples of diversity in assessment and faculty development (CPD). We hope this will help with your own institutional work.


Teaching Diversity to Medical Undergraduates

Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) published Guide No. 103



The aim of this Guide is to support teacher with the responsibility of designing, delivering and/or assessing diversity education. Although, the focus is on medical education, the guidance is relevant to all healthcare professionals. The Guide begins by providing an overview of the definitions used and the principles that underpin the teaching of diversity as advocated by Diversity and Medicine in Health (DIMAH). Following an outline of these principles we highlight the difference between equality and diversity education.

The Guide then covers diversity education throughout the educational process from the philosophical stance of educators and how this influences the approaches used through to curriculum development, delivery and assessment. Appendices contain practical examples from across the UK, covering lesson plans and specific exercises to deliver teaching.

Although, diversity education remains variable and fragmented there is now some momentum to ensure that the principles of good educational practice are applied to diversity education. The nature of this topic means that there are a range of different professions and medical disciplines involved which leads to a great necessity for greater collaboration and sharing of effective practice.


Equality and Diversity Guidance for Curricula and Assessment Systems

General Medical Council (GMC) 


This guide explains the principles for the equality and diversity evidence we need to approve changes to curricula, examinations and assessment systems, and is supplementary to the equality and diversity information provided in Promoting excellence: Standards for curricula and assessment systems. These principles are relevant for people involved in making or agreeing decisions about the changes. This includes appropriate clinical and non-clinical staff and external advisers.


Diversity in Medicine and Healthcare (DIMAH)

We have produced some videos which visually explain diversity terminology


DIMAH Videos





DIMAH held a workshop where participants explored the question: What does inclusivity in professional education mean to you? The presentation slides above offer some prompts for educators to consider. (NB: The group facilitation tool Ketso was used and participants wrote their ideas on ‘leaves’ before discussing these ideas:



Following are some resources you may find useful which explore diversity education in more depth:


‘Structural Competency: Decolonising Medical Knowledge’ by Nivethitha Ram

How do knowledge and power emerge together? How is biomedical reductionism implicated in the coloniality of Western medicine? This video aims to unpacking epistemic injustice in the medical curriculum and in the clinic. It seeks to critically think about diversity teaching and how diversification needs to go hand in hand with decolonisation.



‘Structural Competency: Race, Migration and the Media’ by Natasha Chilambo

How is race operationalised in medicine? In this video we’re looking at the racialisation of COVID-19 – who is rendered disposable and who is rendered a martyr? Unpacking the construction of masculinities and mental illness. It seeks to critically think around race, gender and class and how they play out in both in medical education and in practice.



Medical Schools and Other Educational Institutions Need to Tackle Racism Head On

Joanna Semlyen, Bhairavi Hariharan, Benz Josiah, Kaobi Okongwu, Louisa Sowah Quarshie, Veena Rodrigues

In this letter to the BMJ, Joanna Semlyen and colleagues, write about what they think is needed to tackle racial prejudice in medicine. The letter hopes to inspire other medical schools to take on urgently needed education, training and action to address racism and promote equality for all.


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