From Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine:

KPSOM Receives Commendations From Accrediting Body

School highlights recent honors for equity, inclusion, and diversity during Global Diversity Awareness Month

October 14, 2021

Acknowledging the school’s commitment to health equity for all, and to inclusiveness and diversity in medical education and the health professions, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has commended the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (KPSOM) for its mission for equity, inclusion, and diversity. KPSOM received five commendations, two of which highlighted the school’s EID-related work, from the accrediting body, which has named KPSOM a candidate for accreditation. 

The school announced the commendations during Global Diversity Awareness Month, which is commemorated each October to promote inclusion and equity around the world. The commission applauded the school for “a robust foundational focus on equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) that is inculcated throughout all parts of the organization, including strategic planning, admissions, curriculum, assessment, and program evaluation,” and its “commitment to an innovative curriculum that emphasizes equity, service-learning, and population health with clear passion for these educational approaches demonstrated by leadership, faculty, staff and students.”

With equity at its core, WSCUC pursues excellence through rigorous accreditation standards applied flexibly, empowering all its member institutions to achieve their missions. With one of the most diverse allopathic medical school student bodies in the United States, KPSOM has demonstrated its commitment to incorporating equity, inclusion, and diversity into every aspect of its program, as evidenced by the commission’s commendations. 

KPSOM brings together the best in medical education with a modern approach. It aspires to develop future physician advocates and provide a world-class medical education that ignites a passion for learning. The program teaches a broader, more holistic view of health with an unwavering commitment to improve the health and well-being of patients and communities through the delivery of person-centered care in true partnership with patients.


Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001. This status is a preliminary affiliation with the commission awarded for a maximum period of five years. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward accreditation. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual Accreditation.