Inclusion Statement: (Based on our Founding Precept of Equity)
In Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, we celebrate and support difference rather than just accepting it. Each member contributes to inclusion and our culture is the result of our commitment and collaboration. As current and future physicians, we believe every person and patient should be treated with equity and respect. We are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, gender identity, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, military service, veteran status, age, non-disqualifying disability, religious preference, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin.
Celebration of our Inclusivity
Recently, the achievements of women and Osteopathic physicians have been trivialized in the media. Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity is proud of our physicians and future physicians. We celebrate our inclusivity because we are stronger for our diverse membership.
A doctor's white coat is both functional and symbolic. At its core, it is the "uniform" that helps patients and others identify a doctor as belonging to the sacred healing profession. The name adorning the white coat identifies the individual who is ever-ready to provide dutiful care and the letters, DO or MD, reflect the specific type of medical degree the individual possesses. These may be followed by additional letters, reflective of other advanced degrees (e.g. MPH, MBA, PhD) or fellowship certifications (e.g. FACS, FACP). The wearers of white coats are people who represent all facets of our global society and have committed their lives to caring for others with integrity, equity and respect.
All our physician members are DOs, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or MDs, Doctors of Medicine, and provide the same quality care. The training differs slightly, but the journeys are parallel and increasingly integrated. MDs and DOs are fully licensed physicians, trained in diagnosing and treating illness and providing preventive care. It isn’t the letters or gender that determine the quality of the physician, it is the ability to act with integrity.
Our members are expected to act with the integrity, professionalism, and empathy required of all physicians. They are expected to have standards and decorum incumbent upon excellent current and future physicians and to embody our motto Facta-Non-Verba: Deeds Not Words.