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University of South Alabama Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
5795 USA Drive North, CSAB 170
Mobile, Alabama 36688
Phone
(251) 341-3030
School Information
"The Whiddon College of Medicine is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The College offers two degree programs. The M.D. program is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The Ph.D. program in Basic Medical Sciences is one of the doctoral programs in the University of South Alabama Graduate School. USA Health residency and fellowship programs are affiliated with the College and are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)." (Source: https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/com/)

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The College's 2018-2021 Strategic Plan states that it would "Promote diversity and an inclusive learning environment through recruitment and retention efforts across the COM community of students, faculty, and leadership," "Enhance effectiveness of student pipeline programs," and "Utilize holistic admissions review for degree programs."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The College's 2018-2021 Strategic Plan states that it would "Provide development/training in unconscious bias for faculty, staff, residents, fellows and leadership participating in admissions and search committees."
  • The Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program states that it "Trains our faculty and residents in unconscious and implicit bias as well as microaggressions" and "Conducts research that focuses on racial bias, access to care, social determinants of health, and health disparities."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The college's "Pediatric Residency Diversity Coalition" Education/Curriculum Subcommittee: "Helps to establish diversity curriculum in each clinical rotation; helps to setup diversity book club (Journal Club, Grand Rounds); helps to determine noon conference diversity lecture series for the academic year."
  • The College's 2018-2021 Strategic Plan states that it would "Expand the undergraduate medical education curriculum to increase discussion of common societal problems, cultural competency, and bias" and "Review societal issues facing the regional population to determine which issues are most appropriate for inclusion in the curriculum."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • On September 9, 2020 the college reported on its "Justice Initiative Survey" which was "distributed to USA College of Medicine medical and graduate students, faculty and staff." The survey would "help assess how the USA College of Medicine is doing on a variety of themes that focus on racial justice." Included topics among the the fourteen "areas of focus" are; "Anti-racist training and curriculum," "Campus policing," "Discrimination reporting," and "Underrepresented minority student representation."  
Program and Research Funding
  • The Office of Graduate Medical Education is sponsoring the "Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Diversity Scholarship" for visiting students to "provide support for fourth-year medical students interested in participating in a four-week rotation at our academic medical center." The scholarship "aims to increase the number of Under-Represented in Medicine (URiM) trainees in the GME residency programs at USA [University South Alabama]." 
Resources
  • The Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Program states that it is "working on creating a DEI [Diversity, Equity, Inclusion] committee including faculty, staff, and residents, developing formal curricula for structural competence, recruiting, and partnering with community leaders."
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 11, 2020, the college reported on how its medical students "led events in support of racial justice" drawing "hundreds of fellow students, faculty and staff to solemn demonstrations at USA Health hospitals where they train as future physicians." At USA Health University Hospital, "about 100 students, faculty and staff knelt on the helipad for nine minutes in honor of Floyd [George Floyd]."
Last updated May 23rd, 2024
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