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UMass Chan Medical School

Medical School

Mailing Address
55 N Lake Avenue
Worcester, Massachusetts 01655
Phone
(508) 856-8989
Email address
admissions@umassmed.edu
School Information
"Deeply rooted in its educational goal of providing quality medical, research and nursing education to its students, the UMass Chan Medical School, together with its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health, is a vibrant academic medical center characterized by achievements and progress in a number of areas." The school employs over 3,500 faculty and enrolls over 620 M.D. students, over 70 M.D./Ph.D. students, and over 300 Ph.D. students. (Source: https://www.umassmed.edu/about/facts/)
General Information
The school announced that its teaching "will continue to concretely address bias and racism in the health sciences and we will continue to do all we can to eliminate bias and racism in the learning environment." As part of the school's IMPACT 2025 Strategic Plan, it will, "Implement and integrate anti-racist curriculum, enhance inclusive pedagogy and practices, and increase opportunities for expanding awareness and knowledge on matters of racism and bias in medicine and the impact of structural racism in healthcare." See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school announced, "We have heard our learners’ calls to update the curriculum for current and future classes. Our commitment to the DRIVE initiative—which stands for Diversity, Representation, and Inclusion for Value in Education—is unchanged. This means our teaching will continue to concretely address bias and racism in the health sciences and we will continue to do all we can to eliminate bias and racism in the learning environment."
  • As part of the school's IMPACT 2025 Strategic Plan, it will, "Implement and integrate anti-racist curriculum, enhance inclusive pedagogy and practices, and increase opportunities for expanding awareness and knowledge on matters of racism and bias in medicine and the impact of structural racism in healthcare."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) reported that a school policy "bans faculty from actions that 'could' enable or 'contribute' to the use of capital punishment, including 'providing . . . information' to 'governments engaged in execution by lethal injection.'"
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • UMass Memorial Health's senior leadership participated in "a racial literacy training."
Resources
  • As part of the school's IMPACT 2025 Strategic Plan, the school will, "Increase DEI education, engagement, and capacity through professional development, community building, and educational opportunities."
  • As part of its "Diversity and Antiracism Resources," the school links to "Black Lives Matter Boston," "MedEdPortal: Anti-racism in medicine collection," and "White Coats for Black Lives."
  • The 2021 annual Steven Putterman Lecture, organized by UMass Chan Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine & Community Health was titled "Moving Towards Health Equity: Why Anti-racism Must Be a Core Value in Medicine."
Symbolic Actions
  • In conjunction with 3 other medical schools, the state department of public health, and the Massachusetts Medical Society, the school "worked to form a set of principles that will guide deliberate actions that will create an antiracist, diverse, inclusive, and equitable medical culture...The principles include acknowledge and learn, lead and commit, disrupt and transform, and cultivate."
  • The school announced that it "made much progress; our strategic plan, IMPACT 2025, is imbued with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion."
  • The school had its first vice provost for health equity,
  • The school said, "The University of Massachusetts Medical School is a founding member of The Equity Collaborative, a group comprising academic health organizations from across the nation that are committed to working together to share best practices and enhance fully inclusive gender equity within our institutions. You are invited to read the first annual report of The Equity Collaborative."
  • The UMass Memorial Health Board of Trustees approved the "creation of the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging." UMass Memorial Health also hired its first Chief Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging Officer.
  • The school posted on its Facebook page, "Read about the changes UMass Medical School faculty said they've made in their professional and personal lives after reading Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist, this fall's campus read."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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