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University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
42nd and Emile
Omaha, Nebraska 68198
Phone
(402) 559-4000
Email address
comadmissions@unmc.edu
School Information
"Founded in 1869 and chartered as the state’s first medical college in 1881, we became part of the University of Nebraska in 1902. Today, our education programs train more health professionals than any other institution in the state. Our scientists and clinicians are at the leading edge of discovering new medical breakthroughs, transforming lives across the state and around the world." Furthermore, "UNMC has six colleges, two institutes, and a graduate studies program, serving more than 4,000 students in more than 60 programs" (Source: https://www.unmc.edu/aboutus/index.html).
General Information
The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine has engaged in DEI and anti-racism efforts on multiple fronts. Namely, training and resources for DEI and related subjects is administered and provided. A walking tour focused on racism was also instituted. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school hosts "Conversations for Inclusive Excellence, a virtual series for all UNMC faculty, staff and students, at 2 p.m. the second Thursday of every month."
  • The school states, "We provide training and development opportunities for all to cultivate the skills needed to effectively engage, communicate and collaborate with others across differences" through the Student Life Inclusion and Diversity Office, Offices of Inclusion and Equity, and Office of Faculty Development: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • The school's Office of Faculty Development's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page lists its past "Development Sessions" including "Unconscious Bias" and "Microaggressions."
  • In July 2022, the school's Office of Inclusion published its "2020-2021 Year in Review" Annual Report and states on Pg. 15 that "The Offices of Equity and Inclusion collaborated with Faculty Development to sponsor a 3-part workshop delivered to more than 100 faculty across UNMC with a corresponding “Train the Trainer” series that provided didactic instruction on topics relating to identify, privilege, bias, and other important principles of DEI."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school's Department of Surgery defines "Inclusion" in part as the "active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity — in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The school's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page includes a link to "Report a Bias Incident."
Resources
  • The Department of Pediatrics' Antiracism Committee provides resources for anti-racism.
  • The Health Sciences Library has a database with resources for DEI, LGBTQ, and BIPOC. This database includes an implicit bias test.
  • The school's Office of Faculty Development's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page lists several resources for faculty including; "The Bias-Free Curriculum Checklist," "Antiracist Pedagogy," "21-Day/Week Anti-Racism Challenge," and the "Bias Calculator."
  • The school's Department of Family Medicine offers a walking tour titled, "Combating Racism in Medicine" and states that its goal is to "bring awareness to racism as a structural determinant of health. We strive to increase the capacity to recognize and respond to the ways in which racism contributes to the vulnerability and ill health of the patients and communities we serve."  
Symbolic Actions
  • The College of Medicine has a walking tour titled "Combating Racism in Medicine," which "focuses on racial injustices in the health care system." The tour aims to discuss the question, "what are some strategies or methods that will promote anti-racism and help reduce racial disparities in medicine?"
  • The Department of Pediatrics created an Antiracism Committee. The department released a statement saying, "We challenge ourselves to understand and correct inequities, eradicate oppression, and commit to explicitly and publicly affirm our identity as an antiracist academic department."
Last updated February 20th, 2023
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