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University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Phone
(412) 648-9891
School Information
"Pitt Med's mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine. We strive to implement this mission with the highest professional and ethical standards, in a culture of diversity and inclusiveness, and in an environment that enables all students, faculty and staff to develop to their fullest potential." The school enrolls over 600 students and employs over 2,200 regular faculty members. (Source: https://www.medschool.pitt.edu/about) (Source: https://www.upmc.com/-/media/upmc/media/documents/pitt-fastfacts.pdf)
General Information
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers Anti - Racism and Equity Resources, including Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi’s “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” and Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility.” According to the Pitt News, there was an “anti-racism curriculum change introduced last year in Clinical Experiences — a required course for all medical students that runs from the beginning of spring semester of the first year through the fall semester of the second year. The anti-racism component was implemented for the first time in January 2020 with two mandatory lectures on health equity for all 147 medical students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Office of Medical Education has an “Anti-Racism Curricular Guide for Faculty,” filled with “Tips and strategies for case/question-writing with respect to racial designations, as well as how to talk about race, bias, and disparities in discussions.”
  • According to the Pitt News, there was an “anti-racism curriculum change introduced last year in Clinical Experiences — a required course for all medical students that runs from the beginning of spring semester of the first year through the fall semester of the second year. The anti-racism component was implemented for the first time in January 2020 with two mandatory lectures on health equity for all 147 medical students.”
Program and Research Funding
  • The school highlighted on Facebook that a $250,000 grant was given from the Richard King Mellon Foundation in order to advance the Black Faculty Development Initiative.
Resources
  • The school offers a “MS-2: Racism in Medicine” course, where students “will come to appreciate and understand the history and structure of systemic racism; its effects on healthcare delivery, the science of medicine, and medical education; and strategies to address racism and its effects.” Students will, among other things, “Understand the history of racism in medicine, in realms of research, clinical care, and education,” “Explore the impact of racism on access to medical education and the demographics of the physician workforce,” and “Utilize our skills as physicians to mitigate the effects of structural racism in medicine.”
  • The school hosted “The Allies' Anti-Racist Toolkit” event.
  • The school hosted an “Anti-Blackness, Anti-Racism, and Pedagogy” panel discussion “to provide a broad introduction to the impact and relevance of these events at Pitt and to explore the meaning of Anti-Racist Pedagogy as a teaching paradigm. Panelists will focus on significant questions about this pedagogical approach and share their own experiences in applying, and continuing to grapple with, this important topic.”
  • The Office of Medical Education has a “DEI Brief Glossary of Terms” and “Guide to Health Equity Language, Narrative, and Concepts.” It also links to trainings on implicit bias and microaggressions.
  • The Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers Anti - Racism and Equity Resources, including Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi’s “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” and Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility.”
  • The school’s Office of Diversity Programs website publicized a CNN report on the Class of 2020’s Hippocratic Oath. The report’s title was “Medical School Class Writes Own Hippocratic Oath Acknowledging Racism, COVID-19 Deaths and the Killing of Breonna Taylor.”
  • In February of 2022, the school took to Facebook and highlighted a professor who conducted a study related to “racism as a public health crisis.”
  • In January of 2022, the school announced on Facebook that it had instituted the Race and Social Determinants of Equity, Health and Well-being Cluster Hire and Retention Initiative.
  • In January of 2022, the school announced on Facebook that it would host a Black Excellence Service Award and a subsequent award ceremony, the Black Excellence Bash.
  • In January of 2022, the school highlighted its Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum award on Facebook.
  • In November of 2021, the school highlighted an event on Facebook for “Departmental Leaders as Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Champions.”
  • The school hosts a minority faculty event series held every other month, which is sponsored by the Department of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • As it highlights on its Facebook page, the school hosts a yearly Diversity Forum.
  • The school re-posted the University of Pittsburgh’s statement on Derek Chauvin’s verdict from April 20, 2021 on Facebook.
  • The school reposted the University of Pittsburgh’s Statement on Anti-Asian Racism on its Facebook page, outlining its Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s commitment towards “coordinating a community-wide and community-sourced directory of anti-racism resources.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The school has an Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and a Diversity Advisory Council.
  • The school announced on Facebook that it held a White Coats against Racism event in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh on May 25, 2021, “to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd and in unity against race-based hatred and violence.”
Last updated November 20th, 2022
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