Critical Race Training in Education

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
321 S Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516
Phone
(919) 962-8331
Email address
admissions@med.unc.edu
School Information
"Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health Care System through close collaboration and a commitment to service." The school enrolls 2,064 students and employs 1,819 full-time faculty. (Source: https://www.med.unc.edu/about/#mission) (Source: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/university-of-north-carolina-at-chapel-hill-04083)
General Information
University of North Carolina School of Medicine will, “Develop curriculum for core education training sessions which includes but is not limited to training on implicit bias, the history of discrimination and racism in the US and their relationship to health and health care, and skills to effectively incorporate issues of discrimination based on race/ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, nationality, religion, and socioeconomic status into teaching.” The school is in the midst of the, “Institution – by UNC SOM Administration – of MANDATORY longitudinal racial bias training for all clinical preclinical instructors, faculty, and staff (including those at branch campuses).” See developments below:

Activity

  • Resources

    The school hosted “A New Approach for Anti-Racism in Medical Education 4 part series,” where participants engaged “with scholars of narrative medicine and grapple with ideas of anti-racism, social justice, and interprofessionalism followed by a narrative medicine self-reflective workshop” and were equipped with “tools for applying narrative medicine to their current clinical practice and teaching, with a specific focus on furthering socially just, anti-racist medical education.”

  • Program and Research Funding

    The “SNMA, LMSA, MSPA have matched individuals’ donations to a total of $500 donated to BLM, racial justice organizations, mutual aid funds, Black businesses and bailout funds across North Carolina.”

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    The school said, “Medical students trained and served as EMTs to assist medics at protests. Students also collected donated supplies (masks, water, hand sanitizer, milk of magnesia, etc.).”

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The school is in the midst of the “Implementation of anti-racist longitudinal education within our pre-clinical and clinical education, not just in the Social Health Science Curriculum.”

  • Faculty/Staff Requirements

    The school is in the midst of the, “Institution – by UNC SOM Administration – of MANDATORY longitudinal racial bias training for all clinical preclinical instructors, faculty, and staff (including those at branch campuses).”

  • Resources

    The school held a “Race, Racism, and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium” and the “Annual Minority Health Conference is Body & Soul: The Past, Present, and Future of Health Activism.”

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The school “convened the Task Force for Integrating Social Justice into the Curriculum” to “Establish clear goals, strategies, action steps, metrics, and outcomes for enhancement of integration of social justice into the medical school curriculum and create recommendations to submit to the Education Committee for consideration.” and “Specify the anti-racism components to the curricular pieces proposed.”

  • Resources

    The school will, “Provide/develop workshops by content experts for phase leadership and departments on how to incorporate outlined core concepts of anti-racism, with a plan for ongoing use.” It will also, “Develop and start relationship-based training for faculty and students on team-work, conflict resolution and inclusivity including evidence-based concepts of the relationship between belonging, trust, wellness and anti-racist curricula.”

  • Admissions Policies

    The school will, “Require that all members of the admissions committee complete trainings related to the principles of holistic review, selection bias, and the patient care and education goals of the UNC School of Medicine for implementation by the 2021-2022 Admissions Cycle.”

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The school will, “Develop curriculum for core education training sessions which includes but is not limited to training on implicit bias, the history of discrimination and racism in the US and their relationship to health and health care, and skills to effectively incorporate issues of discrimination based on race/ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, nationality, religion, and socioeconomic status into teaching.”

  • Resources

    The school re-started Project EMBRACE, the acronym for “Ending Medical Bias and Racism by Advocating for Change and Equity.”

  • Resources

    The Department of Medicine offers resources such as “Racism is a Public Health Crisis: Now that We See, What Do We Do?”

  • Resources

    The school said, “The Castillo Scholars program was designed to address the racial and gender disparities present in many medical specialties. The Castillo Scholars program seeks to provide educational, research, and mentorship opportunities for current minority medical students who have an interest in one of these specialties.”

  • Resources

    The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers “DEI Trainings/DEI Certificate Program,” which aim “to foster an inclusive workplace environment. The program’s curriculum offers workshops and trainings designed to broaden awareness about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion topics among the SOM faculty/staff and deepen engagement with and between individuals in the SOM at all levels – from patients to leadership. The workshops offered accepted as part of the certificate program address a broad array of DEI topics, including those related to race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, culture and religion, socioeconomic status, and more.”

  • Program and Research Funding

    The school said, “Paul A. Godley Art of Medicine Fellowship awards $2,500 to two second-year medical students, in good academic standing, interested in working to ensure the curriculum and culture at UNC SOM is not only inclusive, but explicitly anti-racist. Interested students should also have a passion for working with social justice and the arts.”

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    According to the College Fix, “professors and other teachers ‘will be assessed regarding their contributions in the domain of social justice and incentivized for such contributions.’” The College Fix also reports, “The new requirement aims to make faculty ‘see work related to social justice or DEI as central to their work as faculty members,’ and their commitment to ‘anti-racism’ would soon be a requirement for advancement through the school.”

  • Resources

    The Center for Health Equity Research offers “Equity Resources,” such as the 1619 podcast, Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist,” and Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility.”

  • Resources

    The school hosted a “Racial Justice Workshop” on “structural racism in the United States. The workshop explores the history of race as a social construct and the effects of racism on our education and health care systems. It also engages participants in a discussion of how to combat structural racism within the School of Medicine.”

  • Resources

    The Internal Medicine Residency Program held the “EMBRACE: ‘Ending Medical Bias and Racism by Advocating for Change and Equity’” conference, which covered topics such as “Terminology and Implicit Bias” and “Health Disparities: A Case for Structural Racism.”

  • Faculty/Staff Requirements

    The school has implemented "revised guidelines for appointment, reappointment, and promotion of faculty that include diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training as well as making a 'positive contribution to DEI efforts,'" according to the Heartland Daily News. Heartland Daily News also reports, "The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine policy change, in effect since May 2021, means the staff has to endure subjective indoctrination in DEI and also materially demonstrate acceptance of DEI doctrine through active participation in the propagation of the doctrine, such as materials provided to students."

  • Symbolic Actions

    In August 2020, the school posted an article on Facebook about a new faculty member: "'To me, an anti-racist health system is one in which our policies are serving the population that we’re suppose to serve,' said Dr. Crystal Wiley Cené, the new Executive Director for Health Equity at UNC Health. Read more in this The News & Observer story."

  • Symbolic Actions

    In November 2020, the school posted on Facebook: "'We are focused on decreasing health disparities and increasing health equity, and that starts with moving forward with a framework for training our students, faculty and staff and infusing social justice into all aspects of the School of Medicine experience,' says Nate Thomas, PhD, Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the UNC School of Medicine.

  • Symbolic Actions

    According to Twitter, the school hosted the following seminar: "Excited to be presenting our work on narrative medicine and anti-racism at the @GoldFdtn “Humanism and Healing: Structural Racism and its Impact on Medicine” conference tonight! Thank you @weil_amy for your mentorship and @UNC_SOM @uncmed2024 @NarrativeMed #Humanism2021 #medhum"

Last updated February 18th, 2022