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University of Colorado School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
13001 E. 17th Place, Mailstop C292
Building 500, First Floor
Aurora, Colorado 80045
(303) 724-6407
Email address
School Information
"The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. The campus combines interdisciplinary teaching, research and clinical facilities to prepare the region’s future health care professionals, provide the best available health care at two nationally recognized hospitals and be a national leader in life sciences research. Annually, CU Anschutz medical professionals educate 4,000 degree-seeking future health professionals, provide 1.5 million patient visits, and are awarded approximately $490 million in research grants. CU Anschutz is vital to the people of Colorado and its economy. It is home to five health professional schools(School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, College of Nursing, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Colorado School of Public Health) and the Graduate School, offering 40 degree programs.CU Anschutz is estimated to have a state economic impact of $2.6 billion a year, on par with the Colorado ski industry" (Source:
General Information
The medical school offers training on topics such as systemic racism, implicit bias, and microaggressions. Numerous anti-racism resources are also provided. The school also participated in "White Coats for Black Lives" in 2021. At this point in time, anti-racism training is not required. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The organization Do No Harm also compiled "Verbatim excerpts from the secondary application questions posted on" According to the report, the school asks, "These could include your socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and work or life experiences. Explain how these have influenced your goals and preparation for a career in medicine."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • For the month of April 2022, the Department of Medicine encourages their “faculty, staff and trainees to participate in a 30day Anti-Racism Challenge” to address “power, privilege, oppression, equity and social justice” as part of “recognizing racism as a public health threat.”
  • The School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers training in systemic racism, implicit bias, microaggressions, allyship, and power and privilege.
  • The Department of Medicine published its mission as it relates to "Diversity and Justice" which includes the following; "Infuse justice and inclusivity into every aspect of research, education, citizenship, service and clinical activities," "Enhance awareness of implicit bias in all faculty and staff," and "Develop tools to explore and address implicit bias."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school published a document titled “'It Starts With Us'” Series: Bias Training for Internal Medicine Residents" which describes its new "bias training curriculum" for the 2020-2021 academic year. The curriculum was created "to address awareness of and behavior around implicit bias and structural racism in academic medicine."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The school's Department of Medicine released its "Equity and Inclusion Policy for Department Committee Membership" and state under "Policy 2" that "All DOM committee members will be required to undergo unconscious bias training." Part six of policy 2 states that "Only faculty who have participated in face-to-face bias workshops will be considered for DOM Standing,"
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • On October 26, 2021, students, faculty, and staff from the university joined the “White Coats for Black Lives Die-In 2021” to “recognize lives lost and impacted by racial injustice.”
  • The university has a website dedicated to its diversity, equity, inclusion and access progress to date listing specific plans, activities, hirings, and investments towards the Strategic Plan for the institution.
  • The university has a website titled “Discussions on Race and Civil Rights” where they discuss “white privilege,” “white fragility,” how to “use our privilege,” and how to “be an ally.”
  • The School of Medicine provides Anti-Racism Resources on “Educating Yourself as an Ally” where they provide numerous articles, videos, streaming programs, blogs, and books including Ibram X. Kendi’s book “How to be an Anti-Racist.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The Department of Medicine Chair released a statement addressing the nationwide civil rights protests following the “recent killings of George Floyd, Atatiana Jefferson, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Eric Garner” and how these “have magnified the health disparities that are rooted in racism and socioeconomics in our country.”
Last updated February 20th, 2023
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