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Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine is opening new frontiers in education, research and patient care. Our mission is leading healthcare in education, research and patient care. Our goals are uncompromising quality, exceptional service, innovative education, advancing knowledge and institutional strength.

ODICE Brochure


Diversity Statement


The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (OUCOM) is committed to advancing diversity at all levels. OUCOM recognizes that the inclusion of talented individuals from different backgrounds benefits medical education, patient care, population health, and scientific discovery.

Diversity and the College Mission

In keeping with OU Medicine’s mission “Leading Health Care – in patient care, education, and research…,” the OUCOM Diversity Alliance seeks to leverage the transformative power of equity and diversity through pipeline programs, mentorship, faculty recruitment, research, and community engagement for the advancement of excellence in healthcare, medical education, and health equity for all residents in the state of Oklahoma.

Faculty Spotlight


McKinney-professional photo 2020Dr. Kibwei A. McKinney, MD

Dr. Kibwei A. McKinney was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where he graduated from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in 1997. He pursued his undergraduate education at Stanford University, where he majored in Human Biology and minored in Spanish Language. Upon graduation, he moved back to Washington, where he worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant through the Barbara Jordan Congressional Scholars Program and later as a high school teacher. From there, his studies took him to the University of Pennsylvania where he completed medical school in 2008. He pursued residency at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. During his training, he completed a T32 National Institutes of Health research fellowship, performing 2 years of translational research in the lab of Dr. Julia Kimball, Ph. D. After finishing residency in 2014, he completed a fellowship in Rhinology at the Georgia Nasal and Sinus Institute in Savannah, GA, under the direction of Drs. Chris Melroy and Frederick Kuhn. He then returned to UNC-Chapel Hill to complete a second fellowship in Anterior Skull Base Surgery, under the direction of Dr. Adam M. Zanation. In 2016, he joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, where he practices in Rhinology, Allergy, and Skull Base Surgery. He serves as the medical director the Otolaryngology Clinic at OU Health Physicians and is the Associate Program Director of the Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program.

Student Spotlight

...Jamalje Bassue

Born and raised in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, Jamalje Bassue immigrated to Norman, Oklahoma where he received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Oklahoma in May 2019. He matriculated into the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine later that year. He is positioned at the intersection of many social identities and he believes it is critical to address the disparities in healthcare outcomes between different socioeconomic groups.

Graduate Spotlight

Caleb Shahbandeh

Caleb Shahbandeh is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma (OU) School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His undergraduate education was at OU-Norman where completed degrees in Chem/Biochem and Biomedical Sciences; and before medical school he obtained an MPH at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and worked for his tribe as a Health Educator for two years. Throughout public health and medical school, Caleb was involved in the OUHSC Native American Student Association (NASA) and with the national Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS). Working with ANAMS, he held the elected positions of Allied Health Liaison, Treasurer, President-Elect, and President throughout my years. Being active in NASA, ANAMS and its parent organization, the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP), provided him with an amazing amount of support and opportunities over the years. Caleb is proud of my Native American heritage and will always cherish his time at OU. As for the future, he matched into a General Surgery residency and look forward to continuing his professional training at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.