Critical Race Training in Education

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Medical School

Mailing Address
660 S Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
Phone
(314) 362-5000
Email address
mdadmissions@wustl.edu
School Information
"Washington University School of Medicine is committed to advancing human health throughout the world. As noted leaders in patient care, research and education, our outstanding faculty has contributed many discoveries and innovations to science and medicine since the school’s founding in 1891. Located on the Washington University Medical Campus adjacent to the Cortex Innovation Community, we are one of seven schools of Washington University in St. Louis." The school enrolls 1.422 students and employs 2,603 faculty. (Source: https://medicine.wustl.edu/about/) (Source: https://medicine.wustl.edu/about/facts/)
General Information
The Executive Faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine approved “an Anti-Racism statement and a school-wide Understanding Systemic Racism (USR) curriculum.” According to the school, “The curriculum will include core components (ex. Historical Context, Shared Terminology, Identity Reflection, Race as a Social Construct) as well as track-specific topics (ex. Cultural Humility, Clinical Applications, Bias in Science, Action Planning).” Additionally, the Office of Education will “require diversity and bias training for all searches and admissions processes including student, resident, fellow, faculty, and staff positions in education.” See developments below:

Activity

  • Faculty/Staff Requirements

    The Executive Faculty have undergone “an ‘Introduction to Systemic Racism’ workshop led by Crossroads, an independent organization that provides anti-racism organizing and training.”

  • Resources

    The school’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion offers Anti-racism resources, including Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist” and Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility, Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.”

  • Resources

    The school has an Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion that aims to, “Provide leadership, expertise and advocacy on all diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within Washington University School of Medicine” and “Enhance and develop community partnerships designed to address health needs and promote health equity within the St. Louis community and beyond.”

  • Resources

    The Graduate Medical Education Consortium offers Anti-Racism Resources, including Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi’s “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” and Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility.”

  • Faculty/Staff Requirements

    The Office of Education will “require diversity and bias training for all searches and admissions processes including student, resident, fellow, faculty, and staff positions in education.”

  • Faculty/Staff Requirements

    The Office of Education will partner “with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) to provide all UME course, clerkship, and coaching faculty with training on systemic racism and white supremacy culture and how this impacts both education and health.”

  • Admissions Policies

    The Office of Education recognizes “that MCAT, NBME subject exam, and USMLE scores, like all standardized tests, suffer from the consequences of systemic racism and other forms of bias and therefore must always be considered as only one aspect of a true holistic review process. Admissions has already commissioned an internal review to ensure we are using evidence-based (where available) and emerging best practices in student selection.”

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The Office of Education will “investigate our UME curriculum and its artifacts for evidence of structural racism and other biases. We will be developing a team of individuals to review these items for that purpose. We will expand this process as we learn how to do it effectively.”

  • Resources

    The Division of Dermatology “created a resident committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-racism to help support our program leadership in developing programs and facilitating events to further discussions and understanding of the importance of anti-racism and inclusivity work.”

  • Resources

    The school’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion offers Training & professional development, such as “Fundamentals of diversity, equity and inclusion” and “Unconscious Bias.”

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The Executive Faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine approved “an Anti-Racism statement and a school-wide Understanding Systemic Racism (USR) curriculum.” According to the school, “The curriculum will include core components (ex. Historical Context, Shared Terminology, Identity Reflection, Race as a Social Construct) as well as track-specific topics (ex. Cultural Humility, Clinical Applications, Bias in Science, Action Planning).”

  • Resources

    The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion offers Equity Champions positions, which “are open to faculty and staff at every level and from all departments and divisions.” The school said, “The faculty and staff in this role will receive professional development to support their competency in leading discussions and training around anti-racism culture change and leadership within their department. Champions will serve for a minimum two year term, with the potential to be invited to continue.”

  • Resources

    The Office of Education offers “Racial Equity, Civic, and Community Engagement Resources,” such as “Syllabus: A History of Anti-Black Racism in Medicine” and “Developing an Anti-Racist Residency Recruitment Process.”

  • Resources

    The school’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hosts events such as “Community Discussions: WUSM Leadership’s Commitment to Antiracism Statement” and “Increasing DEI through Accreditation – Conference.”

  • Resources

    In November of 2021, the school highlighted on Facebook that research was being done on “racial bias” and “racial inequities” in regards to COVID-19.

  • Program and Research Funding

    In October of 2021, the school announced on Facebook that it received a grant from the Merck Foundation to fund underrepresented researchers.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    In March of 2021, the school released a link on Facebook describing the school’s commitment to training students, residents, and fellows on Asian American bias.

  • Resources

    In February of 2021, the school took to Facebook to highlight an event which will “explore the evidence of unconscious bias, systemic racism, criminal (in) justice, and health inequity specific to Black Boys in America.”

  • Symbolic Actions

    In June of 2020, the school had a “White Coats for Black Lives” demonstration in response to the death of George Floyd.

Last updated February 18th, 2022