Focus area 3: Learning environment
Our goal is to create the highest quality and most inclusive learning environment for our medical students and residents. Students should be prepared with the knowledge and skills to tackle social inequalities that affect patient health. Differences Matter’s Education Action Group has responded to this need by creating the most comprehensive, integrated and impactful medical education curriculum that includes issues of health care disparities and social justice in using a solid understanding of race, racism, prejudice and privilege.
Anti-racism guide and toolkit for medical educators
In this primer and toolkit, we seek to provide a structured approach for equipping new and existing teachers with tools to engage learners in topics such as health disparities, social justice, prejudice and racism in the classroom and clinical environment. This introductory manual and toolkit is a starting point for continued and in-depth anti-racism work in medical education and can be used by:
- Preclinical medical educators, especially those who lead small groups and develop teaching or testing materials
- Educational content creators
- Guest speakers
- Any medical educator, in any setting, working with any level of medical learner who needs or wants to have a deeper understanding of race and racism
Anti-racism checklist for medical educators:
This companion one-page checklist has been distilled from the longer Introduction Guide and Toolkit to help educators revise their curriculum. To download the checklist.
Survey to assess toolkit / primer and checklist:
The Antiracism Primer and Toolkit, along with the accompanying checklist, are all intended to be “living documents”, subject to regular review. If you have read the material, used it as a tool to critically appraise your course material, or have comments to share, please take 5-10 minutes to complete the investigation.
Differences Education Advisory Committee is important:
The Education Advisory Committee is a diverse group of committed educators with expertise in anti-racism and available to assist and provide feedback in any form of curriculum that mentions racism, race and disparities. racial / ethnic health issues. The committee meets from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Contact the team for instructions on how to submit curricula for feedback and meeting location.
UCSF SOM makes the link between the curriculum and the content of health equity:
Changes to the program have included the addition of structural competency, a framework that prepares clinical trainees to act on the systemic causes of health inequalities, in the basic sciences.
Pilot internship programs in internal medicine:
Program aimed at implementing innovative solutions to the inequity of experiences and evaluations of students according to race and ethnicity during basic internships.
Dean’s Diversity Leaders:
Charlene Blake, MD, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Anesthesia
Aisha Queen Johnson
Administrative Program Director, PRIME