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West Virginia University School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
1 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, West Virginia 26506
Phone
(304) 293-6607
School Information
"With a required rural health experience included in the curriculum, many graduates choose to make West Virginia their home and practice in the specialized field of rural medicine, helping to help meet our state's pressing health care needs. Others join equally competitive residency and postdoctoral programs around the country. A WVU medical education can prepare you for a challenging career in medicine, research and academia. Guided by our mission of transforming lives and eliminating health disparities, the WVU School of Medicine remains at the service of West Virginia and its people." (Source: https://medicine.wvu.edu/about/)
General Information
The university said, "We recognize racism is a public health crisis. We're empowering our students, faculty and staff to learn more and take action to ensure the equitable health and wellbeing of all individuals and populations." In 2020, the school had an "anti-racist and gender-inclusive Safe Zone Training." It also had a "course, 'How to Be an Antiracist'" that challenged "students to examine ways that racism influences their lives and thoughts and identifies ways to practice antiracism at WVU."

Actions Taken

Resources
  • The school said, "After a successful course offering in the spring, West Virginia University is again offering students an opportunity this fall to learn how to be an antiracist and what that means as a concept. "The course, 'How to Be an Antiracist,' challenges students to examine ways that racism influences their lives and thoughts and identifies ways to practice antiracism at WVU... "This course follows a book club format, and students read through Ibram X. Kendi’s 'How to be Antiracist' and work through Kendi’s companion book, 'Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action.' Some instructors use other materials, as well. "In helping to promote and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at WVU Health Sciences, this course can be beneficial to students entering the health care field."
  • In 2020, the school had an "anti-racist and gender-inclusive Safe Zone Training," which covered "a history of racism and systemic discrimination, the complexities of identity based on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender, and certain language and resources to know how to intervene in bias, harassment and discrimination. The training will also focus on ways that higher ed institutions can shift their practices to be more welcoming and less biased."
  • The school had an event titled, “A Long Talk About the Uncomfortable Truth," which was "an anti-racism activation experience."
  • The school's department of Health Informatics and Information Management has a page on "Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion."
Symbolic Actions
  • The university said, "We recognize racism is a public health crisis. We're empowering our students, faculty and staff to learn more and take action to ensure the equitable health and wellbeing of all individuals and populations."
  • The school's website said, "Hundreds of WVU students and WVU Medicine employees showed their support for racial equality June 8 during a "White Coats for Black Lives" event. The national organization aims to eliminate racism in the practice of medicine and recognizes racism as a threat to the health and well-being of people of color."
  • The school's chancellor issued a statement saying, "American Medical Association president and native West Virginian, Patrice Harris, MD, called racism and police brutality a public health issue. She called for a move from rhetoric to action. We join Dr. Harris’ voice with ours. We are deeply committed to justice, equality, inclusion and civility at West Virginia University and at our Health Sciences Center."
Last updated November 20th, 2022
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