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Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine – The University of Iowa

Medical School

Mailing Address
375 Newton Road
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Phone
(319) 335-6707
School Information
"Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is a highly ranked medical school where students learn to become accomplished clinicians and top-flight researchers and educators. Students come to Iowa to study medicine in a program that uses case-based learning as the basis of their education. With its emphasis on problem-solving skills, early exposure to patients, and enhanced community-based experiences, UI medical students typically earn impressive scores on Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination and successfully 'match' with top-quality residency programs around the country." The college employs over 1,000 faculty, has 608 medical students, 50 physician assistant students, 111 physical therapy students, and 337 graduate students. (Source: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/about-us) (Source: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/about-us/quick-facts)
General Information
The college established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, which includes committees on "Patient-Initiated Identity Harassment/Health Disparities," "Environment & Climate," and "Recruitment & Retention." At a more departmental level, the Ophthalmology Residency's "Committee for DEI is actively working towards an integrated anti-racism curriculum. This includes open and closed discussion forums among residents and faculty, guest lectures, a speaker series, and multimedia screenings. The development of these initiatives is ongoing." See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Ophthalmology Residency's "Committee for DEI is actively working towards an integrated anti-racism curriculum. This includes open and closed discussion forums among residents and faculty, guest lectures, a speaker series, and multimedia screenings. The development of these initiatives is ongoing."
Resources
  • As a result of the efforts of the local White Coats for Black Lives chapter, the school said, "These conversations resulted in a plan to increase the number of minority standardized patients and add more lectures focused on health disparities among racial groups."
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offered an "Anti-Racism Resource Guide: Becoming an Inclusive Leader," which suggests Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility."
  • The Department of Family Medicine's DEI Resources include an episode of "America Dissected: Antiracist healthcare?" featuring Professor Ibram X. Kendi.
  • The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology promised to, "Emphasize and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion by providing workshops on the issues surrounding DEI. These workshops are led by staff and faculty within the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Carver College of Medicine (CCOM)."
Symbolic Actions
  • The college established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, which includes committees on "Patient-Initiated Identity Harassment/Health Disparities," "Environment & Climate," and "Recruitment & Retention."
  • The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology established a Departmental DEI Committee.
  • The college posted on its Facebook page, "Juneteenth is a day to honor and commemorate the final emancipation of enslaved Black people in the U.S. Today, we’re reflecting on the work that still needs to be done to create a truly equitable society."
  • The college posted on its Facebook page, "Join us at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 3, for the University of Iowa’s Barriers to Health Equity in Iowa City event In this panel, we bring together to hear from individuals who are work along the spectrum of care for disadvantaged groups to speak about their experiences while striving to improve health outcomes for all individuals in Iowa City."
  • The school posted on its Facebook page, "It’s essential to cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion in your practice. We’ll discuss how you can do that at this year’s virtual Culturally Responsive Health Care in Iowa Conference."
  • The college posted on its Facebook page, "The embedding of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Iowa is not a task for one person or initiative. It’s on all Hawkeyes to unify so that we may genuinely grow and enact meaningful change that celebrates our differences."
  • The school posted on its Facebook page, "With projects on health informatics and health equity, UI Health Care teams will share in more than $12 million of P3 funding awarded by the University of Iowa."
  • The school posted on its Facebook page, "UI Health Care is committed to creating a more diverse, equitable, and welcoming place for faculty, staff, students and trainees, patients, visitors, and partners. Watch this video for an update on initiatives that are currently underway."
  • The college posted on its Facebook page, "We condemn the underlying culture of racism and violence in our country that has led us to where we are today. We remain committed to making our institution diverse, equitable, and inclusive for all our students, faculty, staff, patients, and our community. We’re so proud of the hundreds of our faculty and staff who participated in #WhiteCoatsForBlackLives, and we stand in solidarity with those who call for justice and reconciliation."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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