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Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Medical School

Mailing Address
1 Rope Ferry Road
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
Phone
(603) 650-1200
School Information
"The Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, founded in 1797, strives to improve the lives of the people it serves: students, patients, and local and global communities. The School builds healthier communities through innovations in research, education, and patient care. As one of America's top medical schools, the Geisel School of Medicine is committed to creating new generations of diverse leaders who will help solve our most vexing challenges in healthcare." The school employs 836 full-time faculty and has 380 medical school students. (Source: https://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/about/) (Source: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/dartmouth-college-04065)
General Information
According to The Dartmouth student newspaper, "In an email sent by Geisel dean Duane Compton on June 11, 2020, Geisel committed to implementing mandatory implicit bias training for faculty and staff." Additionally, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is "committed to implementing policy changes that promote equity and opportunity...providing anti-racism and implicit bias training for all staff and administrators." See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is "committed to implementing policy changes that promote equity and opportunity...providing anti-racism and implicit bias training for all staff and administrators."
  • The Dartmouth student newspaper reported, "In an email sent by Geisel dean Duane Compton on June 11, 2020, Geisel committed to implementing mandatory implicit bias training for faculty and staff."
Resources
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health held an event called "Virtual Conversations in Justice and Equity in Bioethics Part 3 of 3: Racism and Health Equity: Why Does it Matter in Bioethics?" The description reads, "The year of 2020 has brought forth ethical challenges to our health care system in unimaginable ways. The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor cast a spotlight on the impact of racism in society. We will shine that spotlight on racism, bioethics and the effects of structural justice on health, with a particular focus on the impact in Northern New England."
  • As part of its "Medicine Grand Rounds 2021," the school held an event titled "Anti-racist health policy: remedy, poison, or both?"
  • School leadership put out a statement and resources, including "We are Living in a Racist Pandemic" and "Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work."
  • The school has an "Anti-Racism: Resources for Education, Allyship, and Medicine" guide, which includes Ibram X. Kendi "How to Be an Antiracist" and Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility."
  • The Dartmouth student newspaper reported that the dean of the medical school announced new initiatives, such as "a town hall, student seminars, medical curriculum updates and the creation of a standing committee charged with developing and implementing initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion at Geisel."
  • As part of its "Pediatric Grand Rounds 2021," the school held an event titled, "Anti-Racist Academic Work to address Maternal & Infant Health Inequities."
  • The Department of Medicine stated, "The Department of Medicine is committed to anti-racism and anti-bias practices by developing and modeling educational opportunities for our learners. Our learners will acquire the knowledge and skills to recognize and redress disparities and inequities that impact individual patient and population health, implicit bias in the health care setting, present-day systemic barriers and their historical contexts, and inappropriate use of race-based medicine as a proxy for genetic or biological risk. We are committed to a culture of safety in our work environment and community spaces that allows us to be compassionate and empathetic to each other and our patients."
Symbolic Actions
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health formed its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Task Force "to understand the current efforts across the D-HH system to increase diversity, inclusion and equity and to provide a space for our employees to share their stories anonymously."
  • According to Inside Higher Ed, the medical school will "continue to be called the Geisel School of Medicine, despite a recent controversy over the works of Dr. Seuss, the pen name of Theodor Geisel."
  • The school tweeted, "Geisel, @thayerschool , @DartGrad stand with @aaas to eradicate anti-black racism in academia and STEM. We call upon our colleagues to reflect and commit to action for a more inclusive and equitable STEM community. #blacklivesmatter"
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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