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Dr. Demicha Rankin Is Enhancing Medical Student Diversity at OSU

Special to The Truth

Dr. Demicha Rankin, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at The Ohio State University and was the first African-American female to serve as program director for the department.

Dr. Rankin was born and reared in Toledo with her sister and brothers. Her mother is Debra (Crosby) Scott. Dr. Rankin graduated from Woodward High School in 1996 and attended OSU as a recipient of the OSU Young Scholars Scholarship and earned an undergraduate degree in micro-biology in 2000. She also earned her medical degree from OSU and completed a post graduate Anesthesiology Residency at OSU before completing a fellowship in neuroanesthesiology there as well.

She became a faculty member, has been an advocate for resident education and took on the role of associate program director serving in that role for nearly three years before becoming residency program director. Within her institution she has demonstrated great reliability and enthusiasm for teaching and has been active in both resident and faculty recruitment. She has also committed efforts to medical education research, for instance, she has been a co-investigator in a multi-institutional study which examines a flipped classroom model of learning for resident education.

On a national level, she currently serves as a member on national anesthesiology committees and has served as a consultant anesthesiologist for a board review courses and presented scholarly activity at national conferences.

In 2016, she led a major initiative to enhance the diversity of anesthesiology residents by standardizing interview questions and training committee members to use additional factors to foster equity in the interview process.

As a result, the Anesthesiology Residency Program has grown in diversity and is now the third most diverse training program at OSU. Firmly committed to recruiting the best and brightest medical students, Dr. Rankin joined the College of Medicine Admissions Committee in 2013 to screen applications and contribute to the interview and deliberation process. Today she is an active faculty recruiter and interviewer for MEDPATH applicants.

This year, she co-hosted a roundtable discussion for underrepresented women in medical school. In September 2019, Dr. Rankin was announced as associate dean for Admissions for the OSU College of Medicine. Dr. Rankin is committed to advancing the reputation of OSU and to recruiting and educating top-notch students.



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Revised: 11/07/19 10:34:33 -0500.

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