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University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California 92093
Phone
(858) 534-0830
Email address
somadmissions@ucsd.edu
School Information
"UC San Diego School of Medicine, established in 1968, is the region’s only medical school. As a top-tier academic medical center, our role is to improve health through innovative research, education and patient care. The School of Medicine is closely tied to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and UC San Diego Health , which includes the UC San Diego Medical Center, Jacobs Medical Center, Moores Cancer Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, Shiley Eye Institute and many other centers, clinics and affiliates throughout Southern California. We have long been at the forefront of translational — or “bench-to-bedside” — research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care." The school enrolls over 500 medical students, 900 residents and fellows, and hundreds of graduate students. It also employs over 1,500 physician and scientist faculty members. (Source: https://medschool.ucsd.edu/about/Pages/by-the-numbers.aspx)
General Information
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine will “examine our current curriculum critically and rethink the way we present race and racial disparities” and “implement new health equity content in preclinical and clinical courses and exams.” The school will also, “supplement the First Lecture for incoming MS1s with a summer book club to discuss ‘How to be an Antiracist,’ ‘Medical Apartheid,’ ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ and other recommended books and educational videos.” See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school will, “supplement the First Lecture for incoming MS1s with a summer book club to discuss ‘How to be an Antiracist,’ ‘Medical Apartheid,’ ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ and other recommended books and educational videos.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school will “examine our current curriculum critically and rethink the way we present race and racial disparities” and “implement new health equity content in preclinical and clinical courses and exams.”
  • The Family Medicine Diversity & Anti-Racism Committee aims to develop a “diversity curriculum” for faculty and residents “grounded on a framework of empathy and anti-racism.” Lecture and presentation topics include “Race in Medicine,” “Implicit Bias,” and “Microaggression.” Workshop topics include the “Privilege Walk.”
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The school will, “invest time in faculty training on implicit bias, microaggressions, racism, and health inequities.”
  • UC San Diego Health has, “Mandated anti-racist training for leadership. Some of these training sessions have already begun. Others, including those for career development and personal growth, are under consideration or being planned.”
Program and Research Funding
  • The school will, “develop an AntiRacism Lab to dissect, explain and identify solutions to oppose racism and promote racial tolerance, equality and justice.”
Resources
  • The school has an Antiracism Journal Club, which features articles such as “White Privilege in a White Coat: How Racism Shaped my Medical Education.”
  • The school will, “develop a History of Racism in Medicine course” and “develop a course on the role of structural racism in public health, including access to nutrition and healthy lifestyle behaviors, safe potable water, housing security, exposure to pollution, and other contemporary public health issues.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology formed an Antidiscrimination Task Force to “diminish the influence of systemic racism and all forms of discrimination with a focus on the aging population.”
  • UC San Diego Health has “Launched two new leadership recruitments to foster a culture of anti-racism throughout our organization: an Assistant Vice Chancellor for the professional schools, and a Chief Administrative Officer for UC San Diego Health, who will lead our EDI efforts.”
  • UC San Diego Health will be, “Established an Anti-Racism Taskforce to advance EDI goals and chart a course forward for real, long-term change.”
  • UC San Diego Health will be, “Developing annual and ad-hoc EDI training plans for staff, faculty and leaders.”
  • The Division of Family Medicine has established a Diversity & Anti-Racism Committee.
  • The school's Facebook page announced on Feb 3, 2022: "On this #nationalwomenphysiciansday join us in celebrating the appointment of Maria Rosario (Happy) Araneta, PhD, MPH to the role of Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Partnerships, effective January 2022. For the past 3 years, Dr. Araneta has served in the role of Assistant Dean. Under her leadership, the scope and impact of her office has grown significantly, leading to this elevation in role. In her new capacity, Dr. Araneta will have additional personnel and resources to further advance the ideals of inclusivity, diversity, equity and anti-racism (IDEA)."
  • According to a Facebook post, UCSD Medical has begun to implement a pass/fail system: "Besides the fact that UCSD SOM is one of the best programs, I chose it for the following three main reasons," said MS3 Reza Farshchi. "(1) The people—I met a diverse group of like-minded people who were extremely kind, intelligent, and supportive. (2) Superior location: I’m super outdoorsy and San Diego is just beautiful and offers lots of amazing places to explore. (3) The curriculum: The pass/fail system for the first two years allows students to focus more on really understanding the material without worrying too much about the grades."
  • In a Facebook post, the school announced: "The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a national organization dedicated to empowering medical students through service, mentorship, and education to advocate for the health of the broader Latinx community. This year, the 2022 LMSA West Regional Conference will be hosted at UC San Diego School of Medicine on February 18-19. We invite all high school, pre-health, and medical students, as well as residents, practicing physicians, and other healthcare professionals, to join us. With a full day of workshops, keynote speakers, and exhibitor fair, you’ll learn about issues impacting the Latinx community, discuss healthcare policy and advocacy, and gain leadership skills and career development. "
  • In June 2020, the school issued a Call to Action on its Facebook page: "Call To Action: Black Lives Matter by the Anti-Racism Coalition on Monday, June 8 at UC San Diego School of Medicine. "There can be no neutrality in this moment, you have to choose to be an anti-racist if we're going to see any real change, any Black liberation." - Betial Asmerom, Medical Student #UCSD4AntiRacism #WC4BL #BLM #BlackLivesMatter Credit: Ana Skomal #IamUCSDMed - student-created content to show life at UC San Diego School of Medicine"
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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