Our initiative on Racism and Bias in Medical Education continues to be a major focus of our department and daily work. To learn more about this initiative and others please view our new blog:


Race and Bias Consultants’ Report

As you know, the Medical School has launched several initiatives over the last year and a half to raise awareness around issues of bias and racism in our learning environment. One of these initiatives, as suggested by the Anti-Racism Coalition, was to have expert consultants interview educators, administrators, staff and students, to provide us with perspective and help us guide our thinking about next steps.  The consultants were Marc Nivet (Chief Diversity Officer, AAMC), Renee Navarro (Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach, UCSF), and Fernando Mendoza (Associate Dean of Minority Advising and Programs, Stanford).

Their recommendations are detailed in the attached report: FinalIcahnsomreport 5 3 16 final .

Update 5/25/16 4 pm – One commentator has mentioned that they do not see Appendix 1 as described on page 5 of the report.  We have reached out to the consultants to ask them for the appendix. 

Next Steps

The leadership in Medical Education and CMCA will be taking stock of their recommendations and next month will start the first in a series of steps to create a broad action plan to address bias and combat racism in our structures, classrooms and clinical environments. Our first step will be to have a retreat as a leadership team to foster community building, enhanced communication, and  introspection. We will be involving students and faculty through input and discussion and will continue to update the ISMMS community on our progress.

Submit Your Suggestions

After looking over the consultant’s report we ask that you consider submitting anonymous suggestions about what you hope the action plan will look like and achieve.  Please use the following link to submit your suggestions:

We appreciate your input and we look forward to carrying this essential work forward.

Shashi Anand
Gary Butts
Peter Gliatto
Reena Karani
David Muller
Ann-Gel Palermo
Valerie Parkas
Michelle Sainte