Critical Race Training in Education

Harvard Medical School

Medical School

Mailing Address
25 Shattuck Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone
(617) 432-1000
School Information
"Established in 1782, Harvard Medical School began with a handful of students and a faculty of three. The first classes were held in Harvard Hall in Cambridge, long before the School’s iconic quadrangle was built in Boston. With each passing decade, the School’s faculty and trainees amassed knowledge and influence, shaping medicine in the United States and beyond. Some community members—and their accomplishments—have assumed the status of legend. We invite you to access the following resources to explore Harvard Medical School’s rich history." The school enrolls 702 MD students and 888 PhD students, and employs 12,202 faculty. (Source: https://hms.harvard.edu/about-hms/history-hms) (Source: https://hms.harvard.edu/about-hms/facts-figures)
General Information
Harvard Medical School's Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Partnership has an Antiracism resource guide, which includes works by Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo. Additionally, the school said, “We will develop new classes for master’s and PhD students to acknowledge the ways in which racism is embedded in science and scientific culture and work to redress these longstanding issues.” Furthermore, the Program in Medical Education (PME) task force was formed in 2020 to “review functions and programs across PME, including the learning environment, curriculum, faculty and staff development, admissions, and student affairs and assessment, with a goal of promoting anti-racism.” See developments below:

Activity

  • Resources

    The school said, “We will develop new classes for master’s and PhD students to acknowledge the ways in which racism is embedded in science and scientific culture and work to redress these longstanding issues.”

  • Disciplinary Measures

    The school said, “We will create clearer, more direct outlets for members of our community to report instances of discrimination.”

  • Resources

    The Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Partnership has an Antiracism resources guide, which includes two of Ibram X. Kendi’s books, “How To Be An Antiracist” and “Antiracist Baby.” It also includes Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.”

  • Symbolic Actions

    The “Massachusetts Medical Society and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health have announced a new partnership with the state’s four medical schools—Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School—to jointly formulate and adopt a set of principles,” which “include a commitment to acknowledging and learning about the history of racism in medicine and the role of privilege, as well as recognizing explicit and implicit biases. The principles also contain a promise to lead and commit, with leaders actively working to identify and dismantle racism.”

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The Program in Medical Education (PME) task force was formed in 2020 to “review functions and programs across PME, including the learning environment, curriculum, faculty and staff development, admissions, and student affairs and assessment, with a goal of promoting anti-racism.”

  • Resources

    The Harvard Medical School Genetics Anti-Racism Group “called on the genetics department ‘to create a self-sustaining social infrastructure that can crystalize antiracist ideas and turn them into concrete actions that collectively change the culture of science at HMS Genetics and beyond.’”

  • Resources

    The Harvard Medical School Genetics Anti-Racism Group “started teach-ins” on campus.

  • Resources

    The Program in Global Surgery and Social Change said that community members will “participate in and lead informed discussions about antiracism through a dedicated anti-racism curriculum; we will educate ourselves about the history of racism and colonialism in health, and address racism in our spheres of influence.”

  • Symbolic Actions

    The class of 1995 has an Antiracism Task Force, which is "taking action against systematic racism and health disparities."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school said on Twitter that it has "been engaged in focused efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on campus, continuing to take steps to eradicate racism in medicine, address health care inequities, and become a more inclusive, diverse, and anti-racist institution."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school tweeted, "The HMS ’95 Antiracism Task Force aims to increase awareness among the class, HMS in general, and the broader community of issues of systemic racism and health care disparities."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school has an "associate director of anti-racism curriculum and faculty development."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school's task force "is reviewing the HMS learning environment, curriculum, faculty and staff development, admissions, and student affairs, with a goal of promoting anti-racism."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school tweeted, "The Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership has compiled a list of anti-racism resources."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school tweeted, "'Racism is a cancer that has afflicted our country for centuries. It must be excised,' said HMS Dean George Q. Daley at an April 22 community anti-racism event. 'There is more we can and must do. This work is a responsibility of each and every one of us.' #HMSStandsAgainstRacism"

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school tweeted, "Explore the past, present and future of Social Movements, Healthcare Access & Equity in this webinar series from @HMSPrimaryCare and @HMSghsm Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school has an "Equity, Social Justice, and Advocacy Lecture and Award Ceremony."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school has an "Equity, Social Justice, and Advocacy award," which "reflects the way HMS community members serve others both locally and across the globe by working to promote equity and social justice."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school tweeted, "Join @HMSbioethics for a Black History Month Series examining the history of racism in healthcare, its impact on Black individuals, and how we can promote health equity in medical education #BlackHistoryMonth."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school tweeted, "COVID Academy brings together public sector leaders and public health and medical experts to investigate and evaluate the implementation of equity-centered COVID response and recovery strategies."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school held an "Equity and Social Justice Webinar: Engaging Minoritized Communities in Research."

  • Symbolic Actions

    In 2014, the school posted on its Facebook page, "'I stand with Harvard medical Students in opposition to racism and a culture of violence that together have produced so many tragic events of late.' -Jeffrey S. Flier, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University."

  • Symbolic Actions

    In 2018, the school posted on its Facebook page, "In a stand for social justice and against racism, HMS students and faculty joined others in medical schools throughout the country in a 'die-in' demonstration to support White Coats for Black Lives."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on its Facebook page, "The Task Force to Address Racism is currently carrying out its in-depth, internal review of the HMS Program in Medical Education, identifying areas where racism may be embedded and providing recommendations to eradicate it."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on its Facebook page, "Children are especially vulnerable to indirectly experienced racism because during critical phases of their development children’s lives are inevitably linked to the experiences of others."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on its Facebook page, "HMS has been focusing on promoting diversity and inclusion on campus, continuing to take steps to eradicate racism in medicine, address health care inequities, and become a more inclusive, diverse, and anti-racist institution."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on its Facebook page, "During the 'Stand Against Racism' rally on April 22, members of the HMS community united to assuage the hurt and fear of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. and to engender hope and inspiration for the future. #HMSStandsAgainstRacism"

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on its Facebook page, "The Howard, Dorsey, Still lecture celebrates the School’s equity pioneers and reaffirms HMS’s commitment to excellence in the areas of diversity inclusion and valuing all members of the community."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on its Facebook page, "Identifying policies that reduce racial and ethnic disparities in access to care and health is key to advancing health equity."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on its Instagram page, "Beginning classes during a global pandemic poses challenges for the incoming students. But these challenges will give them a greater chance 'to make an impact in public health and to address disparities,' said HMS Dean for Medical Education Edward Hundert.⁣"

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on its Instagram page, "The skin deflects danger, heralds disease, and captures sensory stimuli. And in this pandemic, its color might mean the difference between life and death."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on its Instagram page, "Last year, thousands have raised their voices to demand accountability and change in the many institutions that intentionally or unintentionally perpetuate racism and societal injustice. The medical profession—and Harvard Medical School—are not immune to this call to action.⁣ The Winter 2021 issue of Harvard Medicine magazine tackles important topics of racism in medicine. In this issue, explore challenges to race-based algorithms in clinical decision making, community health effort to care for people in underserved areas, delivery of mental health support to refugees, and more.⁣"

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on its Instagram page, "HMS students, faculty, and staff joined with colleagues from across New England on Apr. 22 in-person and online to hear songs, poetry, and speeches, gaining inspiration from one another and from campus leaders in the face of ongoing episodes of racism and bigotry in the U.S. #HMSStandsAgainstRacism"

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on its Instagram page, "With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, the Class of 2025 acknowledged they are beginning their journey into the medical profession during a unique time in history. Their oath included promises to lead with respect and honesty, to take an outspoken and anti-racist approach to patient care, and to collaborate with communities to dismantle the structures that oppress and exploit patients on the basis of class, ability, age, sex, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, legal status, and language systems.⁣"

Last updated February 18th, 2022