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University of Virginia School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 800725
Charlottesville, Virginia 22908
Phone
(434) 924-5571
Email address
somadm@virginia.edu
School Information
"At the University of Virginia School of Medicine, our primary purpose is to educate and train physicians and research scientists to help people achieve healthy, productive lives and advance knowledge in the medical sciences within a culture that promotes equity, diversity and inclusiveness" (Source: https://med.virginia.edu/about-uva-som/). Founded in 1819, the school enrolls 156 students every year from its 5,000 applicants.
General Information
The medical school has engaged in numerous anti-racist initiatives, such as building a Strategic Plan based off of DEI principles. Furthermore, the Anti-Racism and Inclusion Initiative was also established. All faculty are trained for implicit bias, racism, diversity, and inclusion. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school’s Department of Cell Biology has discussions within the Anti-Racism and Inclusion Initiative (ARII) where they discuss racism and “why don’t white people just stop being racist.”
  • The school’s Department of Pathology addresses “implicit bias and systemic racism through consistent diversity and inclusion training and education” workshops for all faculty as part of a School of Medicine-wide initiative developed by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • In its "Evaluating Statements on Contributions to Inclusive Excellence" rubric, the university asks "Has the candidate participated in any other activities which demonstrated their skills, knowledge, ability and/or experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion?" and "Did the candidate demonstrate that they actively sought out and/or participated in development opportunities which advanced diversity, equity, and inclusion in patientcare services?"
Program and Research Funding
  • The school is sponsoring a new leadership program and travel scholarship that is open to students who are either “underrepresented in medicine or who have a strong interest in DEI work.”
Resources
  • The Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the school highlighted the Strategic Plan of “promoting diversity among medical and graduate students in a variety of educational and mentoring programs.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The school’s Diversity Consortium furthers diversity and inclusion “by recommending efforts aimed at initiating, maintaining, and improving programs, policies, and processes that support a culture of equality, inclusion, fairness, and the value of all individuals.”
  • In October of 2020, the school earned the 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for its “outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion” for the ninth consecutive year.
Last updated November 20th, 2022
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