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University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Medical School

Mailing Address
1501 N Campbell Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85724
Phone
(520) 626-4555
School Information
"The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson delivers cutting-edge programs in medical education, highly innovative and collaborative research opportunities, as well as advanced patient care in an environment where inclusive excellence and diversity create a foundation for community responsive action. Founded on the campus of the University of Arizona in 1967 as the state’s first MD degree granting college and a resource for the people of Arizona, today the UArizona College of Medicine ranks among the top medical schools in the nation for research, teaching and primary care. From an initial class of just 32 students, the UArizona College of Medicine today has graduated more than 4,000 physicians. College of Medicine students, faculty, staff, and alumni today continue more than 50 years of service in advancing medical care, biomedical research and knowledge in Arizona — and around the world." (Source: https://medicine.arizona.edu/about-college)
General Information
The college's office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has "Anti-Racism in Medicine Initiatives" with the goal of engaging "in anti-racism work." The initiatives have subcommittees on topics including "curriculum" and "safety and security." One subcommittee focused on curriculum is working on the "Implementation of new curriculum focused on anti-racism and/or the social determinants of health," specifically through the "Histories of Health Disparities 4th year elective (Fall 2020)" and "Talking about Race – MS1 activity (Orientation)."

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Student Recruitment and Retention Anti-Racism in Medicine Sub-Committee recommends "Continuing unconscious bias training for MMI evaluators and Admission Committee members."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The college has diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings, such as "Everyday Bias for the Healthcare Professionals," "Microaggressions," and "Implicit Bias and Interviews."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Curriculum Anti-Racism in Medicine Sub-Committee is working on the "Implementation of new curriculum focused on anti-racism and/or the social determinants of health," specifically through the "Histories of Health Disparities 4th year elective (Fall 2020)" and "Talking about Race – MS1 activity (Orientation)."
  • The Curriculum – Evaluation / Assessment & AOA Anti-Racism in Medicine Sub-Committee proposes "an evaluation form to capture the anti-racist sensitivity of preceptor/attending/ resident in the end-of-clerkship evaluations."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The Transparency & Accountability Anti-Racism in Medicine Sub- Committee recommended "record keeping of disciplinary action including power dynamics, demographic groups, retaliation, etc."
  • The Safety/Security Anti-Racism in Medicine Sub-Committee recommended the "Implementation of a robust system for reporting and collecting student and faculty reports of racism and discrimination and developing policies."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The Faculty Development Anti-Racism in Medicine Sub-Committee recommended "Confronting Bias trainings for Tucson Clinical Curriculum Subcommittee (TCCS)" and "Microteaching sessions: Elimination of race-based medicine."
Resources
  • The college has an Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • The college's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provided resources including "How To Be An Antiracist" by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander.
  • The college said that "the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion worked with each department to identify a Diversity Champion (DC) to represent the department in ensuring diversity and inclusion metrics are being addressed. The DC facilitates institutional efforts to ensure that every member of UACOM – T is trained on topics that illustrate the benefits of diversity."
  • The Health Sciences Library has resources on "Racism in Medicine and Healthcare," with material on topics ranging from "Colonialism" to the "The Gender Binary."
  • The Health Sciences library has resources on "Racism in Medicine and Healthcare," which feature an "Anti-racist Language Guide" and the "AAPR Anti-Racism Toolkit: Curricula."
Symbolic Actions
  • The college's office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has "Anti-Racism in Medicine Initiatives" with the goal of engaging "in anti-racism work." The initiatives have subcommittees on "curriculum" and "safety and security."
  • The Faculty/Resident Recruitment and Retention Anti-Racism in Medicine Sub-Committee recommended that the college "In collaboration with ODEI & Diversity Champions, continuously assess diversity and equity within each Department."
  • The college was "one of 10 medical schools invited last year to join ART in Med Ed, a three-year program at the Carl Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City designed to build anti-racist practices into the curriculum and how the colleges operate."
  • The college said, "The College of Medicine – Tucson’s plan has 10 “Anti-Racism in Medicine” (ARiM) themes. The College of Medicine – Phoenix’s involves a 12-Step ARiM Action Plan. For instance, sensitivity, cultural competency and unconscious bias training were added or refined for faculty development as well as resident and fellow requirements, and in the student curriculum."
Last updated November 20th, 2022
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