Critical Race Training in Education

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
533 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, California 94143
Phone
(415) 353-7192
School Information
"At UCSF, the purpose of medical education is to educate learners who will improve the health of our communities and alleviate suffering due to illness and disease in our patients. The UCSF School of Medicine Bridges Curriculum educates MD graduates to excel in the competencies needed by 21st-century physicians. The MD program objectives are defined by seven core MD competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, systems-based practice, and interprofessional collaboration." The school enrolls 664 students and employs 2,624 full-time faculty. (Source: https://meded.ucsf.edu/about-us/our-mission) (Source: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/university-of-california-san-francisco-04012)
General Information
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine's Differences Matter Education Advisory Committee will “assist and provide feedback in any form of curriculum that mentions racism, race and racial/ethnic health disparities.” The school also “launched a three-year initiative to expand the social justice pillar within the Bridges Curriculum. This work is part of the School of Medicine's Differences Matter 2025 initiative.” The school offers General information & Resources on health equity, which include a lecture by Robin DiAngelo and a podcast with Brené Brown and Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist.” See developments below:

Activity

  • Resources

    The school has a “Health Equity in Focus Campaign,” which asks pledge signatories to “commit to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare…the above ideals and to advancing health equity…and commit to concrete action(s) over the next month.”

  • Resources

    The school offers “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training for School of Medicine faculty and staff. This free training includes education on implicit biases and microaggressions, coaching in skills related to addressing these issues, and training in how to apply thoughtful, active listening and empathy to support a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.” The school aims “to train 3,000 faculty by Spring 2021!”

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school has a Chairs and Directors Council on Diversity, which aims to deliver, “An accountability process for chairs of departments to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion is a strategic priority for Chairs and Directors.”

  • Resources

    The school launched its “Differences Matter” initiative, which “is a multi-year, multi-faceted School of Medicine initiative designed to make UCSF the most diverse, equitable and inclusive academic medical system in the country.”

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The school, “Launched an advisory committee to assist and provide feedback to educators developing curriculum that mentions racism, race, and racial/ethnic health disparities.”

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The school’s “Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy passed a resolution to expand the Bridges Curriculum’s social justice pillar.”

  • Resources

    The school said, “The Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy passed a new Equity in Learning and Assessment in the Medical School Learning Environment policy with the goal of promoting equity in assessment of student performance and mitigating the risk of discriminatory and racialized assessment practices. This policy builds on years of research by UCSF faculty and students and was developed in conjunction with members of the Student National Medical Association.”

  • Resources

    The school offers General information & Resources on health equity, which include a lecture by Robin DiAngelo and a podcast with Brené Brown and Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist.”

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The school “launched a three-year initiative to expand the social justice pillar within the Bridges Curriculum. This work is part of the School of Medicine's Differences Matter 2025 initiative.”

  • Resources

    The school held an event called “Racism and Race: The Use of Race in Medicine and Implications for Health Equity Event Series,” which answers some of the following questions: “What is the history of race in the health sciences, and how does that narrative operate in clinical practice, health research, and medical education today?” ; “How does the current approach to considering race in medicine relate to and potentially contribute to ongoing societal narratives about racial differences and racial inequities?”

  • Resources

    As part of its Health Equity in Focus initiative, the school offers “Resources for Health Care Providers,” which include “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo and “How to be an Antiracist'' by Ibram X. Kendi.

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school’s Differences Matter initiative has four focus areas, which are: “Diversify the Academy of Medicine,” “Generate, Disseminate and Apply New Knowledge,” “Build Anti-racism/Anti-oppression Expertise within UCSF,” and “Optimize the Culture of Equity and Inclusion at UCSF.”

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The school’s Differences Matter Education Advisory Committee will “assist and provide feedback in any form of curriculum that mentions racism, race and racial/ethnic health disparities.”

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The school’s Bridges Curriculum and Health Equity Content materials “have included the addition of structural competency, a framework that prepares clinical trainees to act on systemic causes of health inequalities, into the Foundational Sciences.”

  • Resources

    The Osher Mini Medical School for the Public offered a course on “Combatting Systemic Racism in Health Care.” The description reads, “Racism and white supremacy are fierce, ever present and challenging forces that are the fabric of the United States from slavery through emancipation, Jim Crow segregation and Civil Rights. They impact the thinking, behavior and actions of individuals and institutions, including professional education and health care. The pernicious nature of racial and ethnic inequities requires a long-term commitment to change through education, systems changes and individual action.”

  • Resources

    The Department of Medical Education offers a “Health Equity and Racial Justice Pathway.” Objectives include critically assessing “intersectional social identities in order to engage in lifelong learning in DEI” and examining “the role of DEI within the broader health care system and develop strategies to reduce systemic bias through institutional change.”

  • Resources

    The Department of Medical Education has a page on “Race-Based Caucusing.” It reads, “Race-based affinity group meetings are a space for UCSF residents and fellows to deepen anti-racist work and process the impact of racism on ourselves and our community. The group creates a space to talk about experiences of racism, privilege, and allyship.” The department has “RBC for People Who Identify as white” and “RBC for People Who Identify as People of Color” and “RBC for People Who Identify as Black/African American.”

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school tweeted, "And a special shout out to #WhiteCoatsforBlackLives at @UCSFMedicine . Racism is a public health threat and we stand with you! #AllinForKidsCA"

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school tweeted, "Earlier we talked about racism and the root causes of inequity perpetuating traumatic stress for Black and Brown kids and families. #COVID19 has exacerbated those inequities, and increased risk for ACES (adverse childhood experiences). #AllinForKidsCA"

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school tweeted, "My message for this hour: Racial justice and the recognition of racism as a public health threat are essential to prevent & end childhood adversity/trauma. #AllinForKidsCA"

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school tweeted, "Weds: 1st of 4-part series on Racism and Race: The Use of Race in Medicine and Implications for Health Equity. Keynotes & discussion on use of race in med, incl. considerations related to evolving science of genetics & impact of racism on health outcomes."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "The personal narratives shared at the 2015 UCSF School of Medicine 'Race Matters' Leadership Retreat continue to reverberate with many attendees. Through collaboration and dialogue, UCSF leaders are addressing the complex challenge of racial disparities in health and healthcare. In this article (with video clips), 11 UCSF leaders share their reflections on the power of the retreat and how they are moving forward to effect change."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "Last week's School of Medicine retreat brought leaders and students together to talk about race and racism in health and healthcare in the US and at UCSF."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "Proud of our students and those across the country who joined and continue to advance White Coats for Black Lives."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "Congratulations to our students who started White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) and are being honored with a Hero Award. Whitecoats4blacklives.org is a coalition of underrepresented minority medical students and allies. The WC4BL movement has sparked important conversations and are improving medical curriculum by shedding more light on how racism disproportionately affects health outcomes within communities of color. WC4BL’s efforts influence the Healthcare system by inspiring their peers and health institutions to look at social injustice as a health issue and to provide guidance on how these institutions can better contribute to the health of underserved communities."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "Racially biased perceptions of pain lead to unequal treatment for black patients -- even children."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "From poverty to racism, trauma takes on many forms. Those who have experienced trauma are more vulnerable to injury and illness and more reluctant to seek health care. Our clinicians are developing interventions and education to help support patients experiencing trauma as well as their providers."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "Breaking the cycle of racism in family planning care."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "Tomorrow (Tuesday): White Coats for Black Lives at UCSF is holding a vigil to honor Tyre King, Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott. We are grateful to WC4BL for creating this space, which is open to all, and continue to support their work to eliminate racism and achieve health equity."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "How does the lived and social experience of race turn into racial differences in health — into higher levels of Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease or higher rates of infant mortality?"

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "UCSF students working to support White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) celebrated the 4th Anniversary of the 2014 Die-In on campus today. Students highlighted strategies to support an anti-racist health care education that elevates queer, disabled, formerly criminalized, and undocumented people of color in the communities and hospitals in which we work."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "Thanks to the Office of Diversity and Outreach for promoting a culture of equity and inclusion at UCSF!"

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "Congratulations to our inaugural class of John A. Watson Scholars! Each year, nine junior faculty members will be named for their commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion and equity in academic medicine."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "In recognition of Diversity Month, we’re celebrating equity and inclusion at UCSF!"

  • Symbolic Actions

    During a TEK talk, a speaker discussed "how, despite years of attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion, America’s health care system has failed to make measurable progress in identifying, addressing, and eliminating disparities in health and health care."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "Meet the inaugural class of Dean’s Population Health and Health Equity Scholars! These awards are presented to junior faculty working in the areas of population health or health equity. The establishment of the Dean’s Population Health and Health Equity Scholars program will enhance the School of Medicine’s ongoing efforts to support research that can impact the health of underserved populations."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "Congratulations to the Chancellor Diversity Award winners for championing equity, inclusivity and diversity at UCSF and beyond."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "Tune into the latest episode of our medical education podcast, The Spark. In this episode, we feature initiatives in the School of Medicine focused on diversity, equity and inclusion – both in approaches to patient care and research, as well as in medical education via the Bridges Curriculum."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The school posted on Facebook, "The School of Medicine and its Differences Matter initiative were noted in the October issue of Oprah Magazine, in a piece describing national initiatives to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in health care and in medical education."

Last updated February 18th, 2022