Thinking Globally in the Pursuit of Individual Identity: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the International Journal of Medical Students (IJMS)


  • Muhammad Romail Manan Medical Student. Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. Student Editor, IJMS.
  • Kiera Liblik BSc. MSc. Faculty of Medicine, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada. Associate Editor, IJMS
  • Francisco J. Barrera MD. SM. Department of Epidemiology, Harvard “TH Chan” School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA. Associate Editor, IJMS
  • Ciara Egan Medical Student. Humanitas University, Humanitas Research Hospital, Milan, Italy. Deputy Editor, IJMS.
  • Juan C. Puyana MD, FRCSC, FACS, FACCP. School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Professor of Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, and Clinical Translational Science, Director for Global Health-Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, United States. Editorial Board Member, IJMS
  • Francisco J. Bonilla-Escobar MD, MSc, PhD(c). Researcher, Department of Ophthalmology; Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, United States. CEO, Fundación Somos Ciencia al Servicio de la Comunidad, Fundación SCISCO/Science to Serve the Community Foundation, SCISCO Foundation, Cali, Colombia. Grupo de investigación en Visión y Salud Ocular, VISOC, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. Editor in Chief, IJMS



Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Medical Students, Medical Education


Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are core values that are unequivocally essential to healthcare research and practice. However, global health inequities remain pervasive and disruptive to the delivery of healthcare. This unacceptable lack of inclusivity and equity infiltrates all aspects of medicine, including research and publication. Accordingly, there is a dissemination of unbalanced and homogenous perspectives which are not representative of the global population. The International Journal of Medical Students (IJMS) has strived to counter such biases through the development of content and the process of its publication. Further, the selection of its editorial team and ambassadors is conducted with the intention of diversity. We respect individual differences and celebrate them as strengths adding to the quality of our journal. Therefore, the IJMS has taken a positive step toward an equitable environment by publishing a policy statement on DEI. We hope to lead by example by fostering a culture of inclusivity for all researchers, regardless of background. Though, we recognize the complexity of implementing comprehensive DEI practices and consider it our duty to the community that we continuously develop through a dedicated effort and iterative process.


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2022-06-30 — Updated on 2022-07-12


How to Cite

Manan, M. R., Liblik, K., Barrera, F. J., Egan, C., Puyana, J. C., & Bonilla-Escobar, F. J. (2022). Thinking Globally in the Pursuit of Individual Identity: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the International Journal of Medical Students (IJMS). International Journal of Medical Students, 10(2), 112–114. (Original work published June 30, 2022)





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