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University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132
Phone
(801) 581-7498
School Information
"The University of Utah School of Medicine was founded in 1905 as a two-year medical school and transitioned to a four-year, medical-degree-granting institution in 1941. The School of Medicine is located on the upper campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It serves as the only MD-granting institution in the state of Utah and as the only academic medical center in the Intermountain West." The school has 1,940 full-time faculty and a total medical school enrollment of 489 students. (Source: https://medicine.utah.edu/about/) (Source: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/university-of-utah-04117)
General Information
The school's Anti-Racism Commission recommended that the institution "increase the number and frequency of lectures and discussions on anti-racism in medicine. Particularly, medical students should understanding the history of racism in medicine, and should provide evidence of racially tied health outcomes in medicine today." Furthermore, the commission recommended that the school "require a centralized implicit bias training for all University of Utah School of Medicine students, residents, faculty, and staff. This training must include opportunities for small group discussion and simulation scenarios to practice bias interventions. This training will be required a minimum of once per academic year." See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Anti-Racism Commission recommended that, "Within one year, require a centralized implicit bias training for all University of Utah School of Medicine students, residents, faculty, and staff. This training must include opportunities for small group discussion and simulation scenarios to practice bias interventions. This training will be required a minimum of once per academic year."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Anti-Racism Commission recommended that, "Within one year, increase the number and frequency of lectures and discussions on anti-racism in medicine. Particularly, medical students should understanding the history of racism in medicine, and should provide evidence of racially tied health outcomes in medicine today."
  • The Anti-Racism Commission recommended that, "Within one year, include specific objectives in pre-clinical and clinical curriculum that align with Community Engaged Learning and Health Equity, and Inclusion domain expert instruction. Develop testable objectives aligned to lectures that address anti-racism content. This content should be assessed in quizzes, tests, OSCEs, and other assessments written in-house."
  • The Anti-Racism Commission recommended that, "Within one year, strengthen the program objectives...to include knowledge of social determinants of health such as race and socioeconomic status."
  • The school announced, "We are seeing gains in our curriculum. New experts are being hired in the areas of community engagement and social determinants of health. There is also an active recruitment effort to include more BIPOC voices on the curriculum committee."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The Anti-Racism Commission recommended that the school work towards "being able to operationalize" the goal of ending "relationship with local law enforcement, including the University of Utah Police Department."
  • The Anti-Racism Commission recommended that the school work towards "being able to operationalize" the goal "with the chief safety officer" of eliminating "the budget for campus policing, and reallocate those funds to programs supporting BIPOC." The commission further said, "The pilot program is a first step in demonstrating effective ways to reallocate funds for alternative safety activities."
Resources
  • The school linked to an "Anti-racism resources for white people" document, which includes Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist."
Symbolic Actions
  • The school created an "Anti-Racism Commission." According to the school, "The recommendations encompass four major domains: 1) Law enforcement; 2) Admissions; 3) Support for Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of Color; and 4) Curriculum. The first ARC Steering Committee meeting was held on June 25, 2020 and created four subcommittees to address specific recommendations. The final recommendations by the ARC Steering Committee and Subcommittees were presented at the SOM Executive Committee meeting on December 9, 2020 and approved by the group."
  • The Anti-Racism Commission recommended that the school, "Create an independent committee to research significant benefactors who supported causes" such as "eugenics or other white supremacists causes," as well as "weapons manufacturing, exploitation of low-wage workers, funding of racist political causes, and employment discrimination." The commission recommended that, "Benefactors identified who supported these causes should either have their names removed or other documentation that exposes the benefactor's racist history in addition to a statement that the UUSOM condemns the participation in these racist causes should be publicized." Furthermore, "This committee should also recognize and publicize prior donors who showed a commitment to antiracism and the UUSOM will actively solicit new donors who demonstrate commitment to antiracism."
  • The Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion hired a new officer to "lead the implementation phase of the ARC recommendations."
  • The school announced, "Our first step is to initiate anti-racism audits in every academic and administrative unit at U of U Health, with the goal of eliminating any practice that appears to permit systemic racism. We will also judge the systems by their outcomes, not their intentions. We will begin by adopting and living the anti-racist clarion call: Black Lives Matter."
  • The school announced, "Additionally, we are creating an assistant dean for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the School of Medicine to focus on faculty and trainees, and be an integral part of the Health Sciences Equity, Diversity & Inclusion leadership team. In parallel, University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics is creating a new position, Senior Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, to further guide and strengthen our collective efforts."
  • The school has an Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
  • The school posted on its Facebook page, "Last Wednesday, Dr. Good met with student leaders from the SOM, from White Coats 4 Black Lives, and from the PA program to discuss initial actions including an Anti-Racism Commission and scholarship funds dedicated to underrepresented students within the School of Medicine."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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