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Wayne State University School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
540 E. Canfield Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48201
(313) 577-0714
Email address
School Information
"The Wayne State School of Medicine has prepared students to be health care leaders and advocates who go on to change the world since 1868. Our dedication to urban clinical excellence and contribution to Detroit's revitalization is unwavering. Our community service roots run deep, and our focus on a healthier world grows ever stronger" (Source: The school's Class of 2026 measured at 300 students (Source:
General Information
The school has engaged in several anti-racism and DEI initiatives. Unconscious bias training is required for search committee members. DEI activity is factored into consideration for Promotion and Tenure for faculty. A Health Disparities Canvas website was developed. The school recently completed a JEDI initiative in 2023. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On June 22, 2022, it was announced that "Richard Baker, M.D., senior vice dean of Medical Education for the Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM), helped develop a series of workshops on diversity, equity and inclusion in health professions for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine."
  • The school's Office of Diversity and Inclusion states (under "Policies and procedures) that "Prior to serving on a search committee, all members are required to complete a prescribed module on 'unconscious bias and what to do about it in the hiring process.'" 
  • On September 26, 2022, the school's Department of Pediatrics announced an event titled "Racism as a Social Determinant of Health" and stated that "This session meets the state mandate for implicit bias training and includes one hour of training."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school's Office of Graduate Medical Education includes a "Health Disparities component as a standard part of the resident onboarding process, with brief introductory sessions provided during Orientation, the assignment of online modules on 'Basics of Health Equity for GME,' 'Improving Health Equity,' 'Managing Unconscious Bias,' and 'Racism in Medicine.'"
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Before any staff can serve on a Diversity and Inclusion search committee, he or she is "required to complete a prescribed module on 'unconscious bias and what to do about it in the hiring process.' This will entail viewing a video (contents may vary over time) and may include additional exercises as determined by the Office of Faculty Affairs & the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in consultation with University Human Resources personnel."
  • The School of Medicine’s Strategic Plan includes an objective to “require diversity, equity and inclusion activity as part of the Promotion and Tenure process.”
  • In February 2022, Wayne Library's "Subject of the Month" was "Black Health and Wellness." The page dedicated to this topic includes recommended books such as "Racism, Not Race," "From Savage to Negro," and "A Hideous Monster of the Mind."
  • Under the "Black Health and Wellness" section in Wayne's library guide, it states that "understanding health inequalities among races to be caused by racism, rather than essentialized biological differences between 'races', shifts medical research away from a fundamental attribution error."
  • The school has a resource page providing news and announcements related to DEI and other race-related topics.
  • WSUSOM's Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has six staff members, including the VP of DEI. The school also has a Diversity Advisory Council.
  • WSUSOM has an "Equity Matters" statement in which it describes the school's efforts to "reduce health disparities and improve patients' lives."
  • WSUSOM established a Health Disparities Canvas site to "archive programs' curricula for implementing health equity training as a permanent component of residency education."
  • On October 21, 2021, the school's News section published an article titled "Physicians publish article calling to end legacy of scientific racism" and reported that "A trio of Wayne State University School of Medicine physicians is calling upon the medical and scientific communities to confront and end a legacy of scientific racism in research, medical education, clinical practice and health policies by 'de-pathologizing and humanizing' American Black bodies."
Symbolic Actions
  • On April 27, 2023, Wayne State’s Graduate Medical Education highlighted its completion of an “18-month curricular and recruitment initiative focused on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, or JEDI, through the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Center.”
  • The School of Medicine held a Professional Develop Symposium in spring of 2022 on the topic of “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Becoming a Catalyst for Change.”
  • On April 27, 2023, the school announced that “the Family Medicine program revised its Balint group process to facilitate conversation among residents about specific instances of friction in the learning environment that impeded inclusiveness,” and the conversation also discusses microaggressions.
  • The school’s Strategic Plan involves a goal to “assist faculty in obtaining research supplements from the National Institutes of Health to promote diversity in health-related research.”
Last updated December 6th, 2023
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