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McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Medical School

Mailing Address
6431 Fannin
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone
(713) 500-5116
School Information
"McGovern Medical School is the ninth-largest medical school in the United States. Located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, the school was established by the Texas Legislature in 1969 to address the shortages of physicians and the then-untapped resources for medical education in Houston. The first class of 19 entered the Medical School 1970, and by 1979, class sizes of 200, legislatively supported through state formula funding, were the norm. Today, McGovern Medical School accepts classes of 240 per year to meet the growing demand of physicians throughout the state of Texas. (See McGovern Medical School timeline) With nearly 1,000 medical students and a similar number of residents and fellows, McGovern Medical School is the ninth-largest and most diverse medical school in the country. Students have access to the latest technology and are taught with an emphasis on humanities, ethics, patient quality, and safety" (Source: https://med.uth.edu/about-us/).

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Concerning recruitment and retention, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion cites to an APA Inclulsive Language Guidelines site that recommends "using inclusive language in writing" and "avoiding microaggressions in conversation."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The schools strategic plan for education for 2018-2022 states as a goal that, "by 2020, all students will have participated in unconscious bias training and social determinants of health training activity" supported by a strategy to "support initiatives that promote health equity and inclusion.'
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The McGovern Center is a center at the medical school that "helps students explore health care through the lenses of history, ethics, law, literature, religion and spirituality, social science, cultural studies, and the arts."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion links to a Texas Diversity Consortium statement in response to the death of George Flloyd, which in part states, "We also recognize, and must acknowledge, the frustration felt in communities across this country, born of continuing racial and ethnic disparities in education, employment, health, and the justice system. There is no excuse for overuse of power and authority that is seen in the United States but we must be willing to confront the social problems in our country--we have ignored too long."
Resources
  • The school hosts a vast number of resources related to "Race and Medicine."
  • This school has a an Office of Diversity and Inclusion that serves "to provide structure and support to this commitment, offering resources and specific programs that enhance our mission, such as mentoring for students and faculty."
Symbolic Actions
  • In July 2020, the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics released a statement on racial justice "to recommit ourselves to the struggle against racism and for a more equitable society."
Last updated November 20th, 2022
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