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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

Admissions Policies
  • On February 9, 2023, Dartmouth Health leadership is hosting A Matter of Life or Death: The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Imperative which is a “conversation around the strategies they are implementing to curate a more diverse healthcare workforce by investing in educational and faculty pipeline programs, embracing cultural humility, and fostering a sense of belonging that will ultimately lead to better health outcomes for underrepresented and marginalized communities.”
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."
  • The school's Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement highlights some of its faculty hiring and search committee policies including: "A requirement that all search committee members for Geisel must take implicit bias training" and "Other resources for understanding/mitigating against implicit bias (e.g., AAMC module on exploring unconscious bias) and procedures to optimize fair hiring practices.)"
  • On February 8, 2018, the school published the "Geisel Plan for Diversity, Inclusion and a Respectful Workplace" and states on Pg.19 under "Search Committee Expectations and Protocols," that "all search committees at Geisel are required to take training on one of the Project Implicit® implicit association tests (IAT:http://implicit.harvard.edu/)."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • In 2020, the school's Office of the Dean published its "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs Dashboard" which outlines its many initiatives and programs including the following curriculum initiatives; "Full integration of Race and Health Equity Longitudinal Curriculum (RHE LC) Into UME," and the "Restorative Justice Pilot Program." (Both of these initiatives are labeled as "In Progress" as of 2020)
Program and Research Funding
  • On April 10, 2023, Dartmouth Health announced that it received a $2.5 million gift from alumni in order to “establish the Couch Endowed Fund for Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellowships at Dartmouth Cancer Center.”
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."
  • In 2020, the school's Office of the Dean published its "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs Dashboard" which outlines its many initiatives and programs. (The majority of the initiatives are labeled as "In Progress.")
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"
  • The medical school hosts monthly seminar series that “highlights innovative epidemiological research and topics related to anti-racism and health disparities.”
  • A study led by Dartmouth Health neurologists states that “racism is to blame for unequal health outcomes for Black Americans” and that “Antiracist efforts must be embraced by all neurologists.”
  • In January of 2023, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth hosted its 17th Annual MLK Health Equity Celebration.
  • The Geisel School of Medicine announced Chidi Chike Achebe, “founder, CEO, and chairman of Boston, MA-based, Delaware registered, African Integrated Development Enterprise (AIDE PBC),” as the featured guest speaker for the 2023 Class Day Ceremony.
  • On April 5, 2023, the School of Medicine announced that the Dartmouth Cancer Center is searching to hire a Director of DEI.
  • The Geisel School of Medicine states that its “strategic goals impact several domains, including Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.”
  • In May 2023, it was reported that MENASA at the Geisel School of Medicine was awarded the 2023 Social Justice Award as part of the school’s “longstanding commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
  • In 2023, the school is hosting the Dartmouth Visiting Student Program which is “designed for students from underrepresented communities.”
  • The School of Medicine hosts the E.E. Just Program for underrepresented minorities.
Last updated November 16th, 2023
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