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University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Medical School

Mailing Address
750 Highland Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
(608) 263-4925
School Information
"The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI is committed to advancing health and health equity through remarkable service to patients and communities, outstanding education, and innovative research. We are developing new approaches for preventing, diagnosing and treating illness by uniting the principles and power of traditional medicine and public health" (Source: The school was founded in 1907. Furthermore, the MD program has an entering class of 176 students.
General Information
The medical school offers numerous resources for anti-racism and DEI. Training for anti-racism and racial equity is offered, however at this time it is not mandated. The school has DEI strategies and related initiative programs. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Department of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine has numerous diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism resources, initiatives, and affinity groups.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school outlines the multiple phases of its "Patient Care" curriculum which includes courses titled "implicit bias" and "Bias in health care."
Program and Research Funding
  • In 2023, the Department of Surgery is hosting an Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship.
  • The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the UW School of Medicine provides “a list of Anti-Racism Resources in service of the DEI Anti-Racism Departmental Initiative.”
  • The school highlighted a “series of events and a toolkit of resources - all focused on anti-racism” including a Diversity Summit, the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge, multiple discussions and trainings, as well as resources and book clubs featuring Ibram X. Kendi.
  • The school's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion published its "Anti-Racism Initiatives: 2020-Present" which outlines its many goals, recommendations and actions including changes to "recruitment practices and policies for departmental positions," and "educational curriculum and teaching practices in alignment with SMPH practices and goals." Its main goal is to "Make recommendations regarding programming within the department that will advance the understanding of personal and structural racism as well as offer insights into how to change practices and policies."
  • In March 2021, the online publication "Wisconsin Medical Journal" published an article entitled "Assessing Perspectives on Systemic Racism in an Academic Hospital Medical Group: The ARCH Project" and stated, "The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Division of Hospital Medicine wanted to assess providers’ perspectives on systemic racism and gauge their receptiveness to participating in anti-racism training, in conjunction with development and implementation of anti-racism curriculum."
Symbolic Actions
  • The school’s Department of Diversity lists its strategies towards diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • On June 13, 2020, the online publication "Channel 3000" published an article titled "UW-Madison medical students join national movement ‘White Coats for Black Lives’" and stated that the mission of the movement is “eliminating racism in the practice of medicine and recognizing racism as a threat to the health and well being of people of color.”
  • The School of Medicine and Public Health says it shares “a common diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy with the School” and also partners “closely with UW Health, our academic health system, on diversity initiatives.”
  • The Department of Medicine’s Chair released a message prompting the school to become a “a place where people strive for equity and justice, act with compassion, and intentionally create an inclusive and safe environment where everyone can thrive.”
  • On April 24, 2023, the UW-Madison School of Nursing announced the creation of the Canary Savage Girardeau Award for Health equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Last updated December 6th, 2023
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