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Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Medical School

Mailing Address
630 W 168th Street
New York, New York 10032
Phone
(212) 305-2862
School Information
"Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) is guided by the principle that medical education is university education...VP&S is part of a unique collection of health sciences schools that make up the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, an integral part of the Washington Heights community in upper Manhattan—one of New York City's most diverse neighborhoods. Every day VP&S faculty, staff, and students work towards our mission—to care, to discover, to educate, and to make life better for people in need." The school enrolls 629 MD students and 349 PhD students, and employs 2,119 faculty. (Source: https://www.vagelos.columbia.edu/about-us) (Source: https://www.vagelos.columbia.edu/about-us/facts-and-statistics)
General Information
The Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons' Anti-Racism Task Force said that it will, "Add Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) competencies to the school’s medical education program objectives." The task force also recommended that the school "Create and implement ongoing faculty development on race and racism for teaching faculty by individuals grounded in critical race theory." The task force further advised that the school, "Engage an external consultant to review VP&S admissions processes for alignment with antiracist principles," "Implement anti-racism and anti-bias training for all admissions interviewers," and "Reassess the utilization of MCAT scores and GPAs in admissions decisions and the role of U.S. News & World Report medical school rankings." See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons' Anti-Racism Task Force recommended that the school, "Engage an external consultant to review VP&S admissions processes for alignment with antiracist principles," "Implement anti-racism and anti-bias training for all admissions interviewers," and "Reassess the utilization of MCAT scores and GPAs in admissions decisions and the role of U.S. News & World Report medical school rankings."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons' Anti-Racism Task Force said that it will, "Add Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) competencies to the school’s medical education program objectives."
  • The Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons' Anti-Racism Task Force recommended that the school, "Launch an annual summit on anti-racist principles for faculty to revisit, assess, and make recommendations for ongoing improvements to the curriculum."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons' Anti-Racism Task Force recommended that the school "Create and implement ongoing faculty development on race and racism for teaching faculty by individuals grounded in critical race theory."
  • The Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons' Anti-Racism Task Force recommended that the school, "Make anti-racist and cultural sensitivity trainings mandatory for all educators, including MCY educators, and emphasize that discriminatory behavior is unacceptable and punishable for even the most senior faculty members."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons had an Equity and Justice Fellowship, which aimed to "increase equity and justice through curricular programming." The fellows work "a variety of projects determined by the fellowship group, critically applying an anti-racist lens to the VP&S curriculum."
  • The Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons' Anti-Racism Task Force recommended that the school, "Increase funding, resources, and staffing to support expanded functions of the VP&S Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs."
  • Columbia University Irving Medical Center faculty received grants from the University Provost's Office through "Diversity, Anti-Racism Programs."
Resources
  • The Irvine Medical Center hosted an Anti-Racism Speaker Series.
  • The university's Irving Medical Center has anti-racism resources, such as the "Manager Guide on Discussing Race and Protest in the Workplace," "Black Lives Matter Resources," and the "Racial Justice Assessment Tool," among others.
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning held the "CUIMC Anti-Racist Educator Institute (AREI)." The event for the Irving Medical Center was "a week-long immersive training Monday July 26 – Friday, July 30, 2021, 9am – 1 pm each day. AREI will focus on themes based on confronting bias, systemic racism in academic and healthcare settings, and course design and facilitation strategies to create anti-racist change in learning environments. Participants will collaboratively develop pilot school and departmental anti-racist pedagogy training programs."
  • The College Fix reported, "Columbia University has developed new programming to help black and Hispanic medical students 'disrupt racism' and confront microaggressions they could face."
Symbolic Actions
  • The university's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons will participate in the "Anti-Racist Transformation (ART) in Medical Education project(link is external and opens in a new window) funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation in partnership with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. ART seeks to replicate a model originally developed by the Icahn School of Medicine to dismantle systemic racism and bias in work and learning environments and to promote shared learning on this process within and across medical schools." The university adds, "Participation in ART builds on the work of the VP&S Anti-Racism Task Force, which calls for advancements in curriculum, admissions, student support, and the learning environment. One fundamental recommendation of the task force is to launch a new equity and justice committee."
  • The university's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons' Anti-Racism Task Force called "for advancements in curriculum, admissions, student support, and the learning environment. One fundamental recommendation of the task force is to launch a new equity and justice committee."
  • The Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons had an Anti-Racism Task Force, which recommended "best practices in anti-racist undergraduate medical education, focusing on: Curriculum, Admissions, Student Support, The Learning Environment." The school also had the "VP&S Anti-Racism Coalition ."
  • The Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons' Anti-Racism Task Force recommended that the school, "Launch a new Equity & Justice committee, including departmental diversity champions and students who will have representation on the Committee on Education Policy and Curriculum (CEPC)."
  • The school tweeted, "#ColumbiaVPS is among 11 #medschools selected to participate in the Anti-Racist Transformation in Medical Education project, which seeks to dismantle systemic racism and bias in work and learning environments."
  • The 2021 John Lindenbaum Memorial Lecture and the Columbia Science and Health Equity Lecture Series featured a speaker who "discussed approaches to healing the wounds of violence & racial trauma."
  • The school tweeted, "Read about how @Columbia medical students chosen as equity and justice fellows are cultivating change by applying an anti-racist lens to the #ColumbiaVPS curriculum."
  • The school tweeted, "Congratulations to the @ColumbiaMed faculty members who have received grants through two Provost Office programs that recognize efforts to contribute to diversity and anti-racism goals!"
  • The school livestreamed a "Raising Voices: A Virtual Vigil to Commemorate Lives Lost to Anti-Black Violence and a Call to Action to End Structural Racism." The description reads, "Join us as we gather with our community from the schools and programs at Columbia’s medical center to reflect and heal as we stand in solidarity against racism. Together, let’s raise our voices in commitment to dismantling systemic racism in our institution, in our communities, and across the nation. #blacklivesmatter"
  • The school posted on its Facebook page, "#ColumbiaVPS is among 11 medical schools selected to participate in the Anti-Racist Transformation (ART) in Medical Education project, which seeks to dismantle systemic racism and bias in work and learning environments and to promote shared learning on this process within and across medical schools. The model for ART in Medical Education was originally developed by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai."
  • The school posted on its Facebook page, "Congratulations to the Columbia University Irving Medical Center faculty members who have received grants through two Provost Office programs that recognize efforts to contribute to diversity and anti-racism goals!"
  • The school posted on its Facebook page, "A medical center task force developed recommendations designed to be transformational—to make #ColumbiaVPS and all of Columbia University Irving Medical Center 'an organization that is truly anti-racist, diverse, multicultural, and fully inclusive.'"
  • The school posted on its Facebook page, "Medical students chosen as equity and justice fellows are cultivating change by applying an anti-racist lens to the #ColumbiaVPS curriculum."
  • The school posted on its Instagram, "@ColumbiaPublicHealth researchers report that context is crucial when discussing the impact of #COVID19 on communities of color. Essential to the discussion are historical disinvestment, environmental injustices, and future waves of secondary impact that could affect these communities."
  • The school posted on its Instagram, "SWIPE 👉 for pics of moments from yesterday June 8, when hundreds of members of the #CUIMC community, along with colleagues at @nyphospital and @weillcornell , observed 9 minutes of silence to demonstrate a shared commitment to making Black lives matter at @columbia and beyond."
  • The school posted on its Instagram, "Join us Wednesday, June 10th at 6:30 PM for Raising Voices: A Virtual Vigil for Black Lives Lost. Gather with the University Chaplain, leadership, students, staff and faculty to reflect and heal as we stand in solidarity to end structural racism."
  • The school posted on its Instagram, "Read a message from #ColumbiaMed leadership in honor of the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd and the reckoning with structural racism catalyzed by his tragic death at the link in our bio."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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