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University of Florida College of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
Office of Admissions PO Box 100215
Gainesville, Florida 32610
Phone
(352) 273-7990
Email address
med-admissions@ufl.edu
School Information
"Since graduating its first medical students in 1960, the College has graduated more than 5,000 physicians. The college also offers other graduate degree programs, including : medical sciences, biomedical engineering, physician assistant studies, and Graduate Program in biomedical sciences. The college’s Gainesville campus is comprised of 29 clinical and basic science departments and the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies and is staffed by more than 1,400 faculty members. The Jacksonville campus, located 75 miles to the northeast, is home to more than 450 physicians and scientists delivering medical care in an urban setting, performing research and educating medical students and residents" (Source: https://med.ufl.edu/about/).
General Information
The medical school offers training and resources related to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The school is also taking steps to develop inclusive excellence and to restructure recruitment and retention. At this time, it does not appear that anti-racism training is mandated. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Strategic Plan for the Department of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) includes assessments of current inclusion, diversity, equity and access matters, increasing recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and students, and promoting health equity research.
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • As part of the statements on combating systemic racism, the school made recommendations “for those who want to learn more about systemic racism” by saying, “please do not further burden your Black friends and colleagues by asking them to expend the energy necessary to educate you.” They advised them to do the work themselves and provided resources including online training, videos, articles, and books with several from Ibram X. Kendi.
Resources
  • The school has a site dedicated to the June 2020 statement on anti-black racism following the death of George Floyd as well as the action plan for the school.
  • The Health Diversity Council and the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Advisory Council have gathered a list of resources on allyship, inclusivity, anti-racism and racial justice with numerous books, articles, and videos from Ibram X. Kendi among others.
  • The Department of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs and the UF Health Science Center Library Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team have each “created a resource page with information to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion” with multiple recommendations for books, courses, and readings by Ibram X. Kendi as well as providing these books and articles for free at the library.
Symbolic Actions
  • The school’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) department has an Advisory Council, Health Diversity Council, and Champions Committee that works to “cultivate a culture of inclusive excellence” taking steps against racism and inequity.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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