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Indiana University School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
340 W 10th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Phone
(317) 274-8157
Email address
iusm@iu.edu
School Information
"Indiana University School of Medicine is a national leader in medical research and education. With more than 60 academic departments and specialty divisions across nine campuses statewide and strong clinical partnerships with Indiana’s most advanced hospitals and physician networks, the school is continuously advancing its mission to prepare healers and transform health in Indiana and throughout the world." The school employs nearly 2,000 full-time faculty and enrolls over 1.441 medical education students. (Source: https://medicine.iu.edu/about) (Source: https://mc-42b990dd-5dae-4647-b81e-424724-cdn-endpoint.azureedge.net/-/media/files/iusm-fact-sheet.pdf?rev=ebf38b37786e41898233a11400fe5ab6)
General Information
The school's Diversity Task Forces recommended that the school implement "Required training in unconscious bias, microaggressions, micro-resistance, upstander training." They also recommended that the school, "Require health disparities and racism training for patient facing members." See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Faculty, Staff, and Learner Training Task Force was tasked with "Cataloguing current required and/or optional training opportunities for faculty, staff, and IU School of Medicine learners of all types on the topics of unconscious bias, microaggressions, cultural humility, bystander interventions, and professionalism," "Providing a recommendation on other similar topics that should be required or optional training opportunities for faculty, staff, and IU School of Medicine learners," "Developing a plan to increase the level of knowledge among faculty, staff, and learners on these topics through training and professional development opportunities. The plan should address both content development and training process/logistical issues and should include an assessment and evaluation strategy," and "Determining whether a policy on mandatory training should be adopted, and if so, making a recommendation for the development of such a policy."
  • The Diversity Task Forces recommended that the school implement "Required training in unconscious bias, microaggressions, micro-resistance, upstander training."
  • The Diversity Task Forces recommended that the school, "Require health disparities and racism training for patient facing members."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school was recently, "• Reviewing medical education curricula to address biases and microaggressions in medical education."
Resources
  • Indiana University Health is providing resources that "focus on addressing implicit bias, unconscious bias and other blind spots, and how to mitigate these biases" and "help team members deal with racism, how to talk about race and address racism, and provide education on how to fight racism."
  • Indiana University Health "is introducing learning modules that further help us grow." Upcoming trainings include "Implicit Bias/Mitigating Bias," "Cultural Humility/competence," "Anti-racism," and "Harassment and discrimination."
  • The school tweeted, "As we begin the new year, we urge all in our IU School of Medicine community to reaffirm their commitment to anti-racism and health equity and to pursue further learning opportunities, with the goal of translating such opportunities into action."
Symbolic Actions
  • The school launched its Diversity Task Forces in 2020 to "address racism and equity at Indiana University School of Medicine with the input of multiple stakeholder groups. Each task force reported quarterly on their findings and provided recommendations for sustainable improvement." The task forces were the Data and Climate Survey Task Force, Faculty, Staff, and Learner Training Task Force, and the Honor Code Task Force.
  • Indiana University Health is focusing its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts on the Interpersonal ("Ensuring trust and equity in our care"), Institutional ("Fostering a diverse workforce and inclusive culture"), and the Societal ("Advancing equity in the communities we serve").
  • Indiana University Health "has added three newly created positions to help address key areas," including Chief Health Equity Officer, Program Director for Design and Construction Supplier Diversity, and Program Director for Diversity Recruitment.
  • Community Health Network, Eskenazi Health and Indiana University Health declared in a statement, "As leaders from Community Health Network, Eskenazi Health and Indiana University Health, whose organizations seek to eliminate the systemic racism that disproportionately affects Black and Brown communities, we say without hesitation that we stand united against racism, injustice and inaction."
  • The school posted on its Facebook page, "In 2021, IU School of Medicine accelerated work to eliminate health care disparities and promote inclusion. As we begin the new year, Dean Hess urges all in our IU School of Medicine community to reaffirm their commitment to anti-racism and health equity and to pursue further learning opportunities, with the goal of translating such opportunities into action."
Last updated November 20th, 2022
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