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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
420 E Superior Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone
(312) 503-8194
School Information
"Our mission is to impact the practice of medicine through discovery and education to improve human health. Our vision is to achieve this mission through continuous quality improvement. The pursuit of excellence requires a learning organization grounded in leadership, innovation, and compassionate care that can translate new knowledge into better human health. These attributes are interwoven by professionalism dedicated to teamwork, collegiality, and social and intellectual diversity. Such values promote the best interests of medicine and further strengthen our social contract with the community we serve." The school enrolls 680 medical students, 454 PhD students, and 394 Master's program students. It employs 2,603 regular faculty. (Source: https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/about/index.html) (Source: https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/about/facts/index.html)
General Information
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine made “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi required reading for the Class of 2025. The 2020 Report to the Faculty on Social Justice Initiatives recommended that the school, “Remove race from all clinical presentations and lectures across all levels of trainee education and clinical practice. This includes all rounding, daily progress notes and case conferences.” The report also recommended that the school, “Support a deeper focus on community centering in the curricula of all student, resident, and fellowship (clinical and non-clinical) training programs.” See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school made “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi required reading for the Class of 2025.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The 2020 Report to the Faculty on Social Justice Initiatives recommended that the school, “Remove race from all clinical presentations and lectures across all levels of trainee education and clinical practice. This includes all rounding, daily progress notes and case conferences.”
  • The 2020 Report to the Faculty on Social Justice Initiatives recommended that the school, “Support a deeper focus on community centering in the curricula of all student, resident, and fellowship (clinical and non-clinical) training programs.”
Disciplinary Measures
  • The 2020 Report to the Faculty on Social Justice Initiatives recommended that the school, “Create a campus wide bias reporting portal for all staff, students, residents, fellows and faculty that is reviewed by a Bias Incident Response and Education Team that will report to the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs.”
Program and Research Funding
  • The 2020 Report to the Faculty on Social Justice Initiatives recommended that the school, “Require and support a deeper focus and increased expectations for community engagement across Departments and their faculty. Increase recognition and rewards for community and health equity scholarship across every FSM faculty track and department.”
  • The school has a Center for Health Equity Transformation, which aims, “To lift health for all by exposing root causes of health inequities and serving as a hub that pushes boundaries in research, education, workforce development, and community engagement.”
Resources
  • The school’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion curated anti-racism resources, including “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi and “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism” by Robin DiAngelo.
  • The Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators curated an Anti-racism in Medicine Collection “to provide educators with practice-based, peer-reviewed content to teach anti-racist knowledge and clinical skills and elevate the educational scholarship of anti-racist curricula.”
  • The Center for Health Equity Transformation curated Anti-Racism resources, which included “AntiRacist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi and “White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo.
  • The 2020 Report to the Faculty on Social Justice Initiatives recommended that the school, “Support a deeper focus on community centering in the curricula of all student, resident, and fellowship (clinical and non-clinical) training programs.”
  • The school’s Task Force on Inclusion & Bias Resources curated resources such as “Bias & Inclusion in the Curriculum” and “Examples of Microaggression.”
  • The school offers resources such as the “Addressing Bias in Learner Assessment” online training module “to understand how to identify and reduce bias in learner assessment,” and the “Writing Bias-Free Letters of Recommendation” guide.
  • The Department of Medical Social Sciences has, “Engaged in active sharing of anti-racism resources and promotion of initiatives occurring at department, university, and community levels – for example, through creation of a departmentwide shared repository and biweekly newsletters.”
  • The Department of Medical Social Sciences has, “Initiated a series of departmental town halls, with initial sessions led by the Vice Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, to deepen our shared understanding of racism in the workplace, recognize how our institutions perpetuate white supremacy culture, and advance MSS as a leader in promoting equity and inclusion.”
  • The school highlighted on social media that it hosts Medicine Pipeline Programs for underrepresented communities which support the school’s “commitment to building and supporting a diverse healthcare workforce.”
  • The school highlighted the Daniel Hale Williams Society on its social media. This society, created in 2018, serves to “focus on the recruitment of Black or African-American males into the medical profession.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The Department of Medical Social Sciences has, “Created Inclusion, Diversity, Engagement, and Action (IDEA) Committee with sub-committees focused on short and long-term goals for: (a) hiring and recruitment, (b) mentorship and professional development, and (c) departmental culture.”
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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