Racism & Bias

Racism and Bias_Change Now IconsThe role of racism and bias in medicine and medical education has undoubtedly contributed to development and perpetuation of inequities in health care outcomes for historically marginalized patient population groups.  As a result of ISMMS medical student activism and advocacy aimed at having our medical school recognize the historical underpinnings of racism and bias in medicine and in our medical training, we launched the Racism and Bias Initiative in 2015. The spirit of the Racism and Bias initiative is to explicitly address and undo racism and bias in all areas of medical school and center racial justice, health equity, and underrepresented voices and experiences of our medical education colleagues.

The Racism and Bias Initiative is driven by a change management approach that uncompromisingly values a diverse workforce providing bias-free health professions education and health care service delivery.  Since the Initiative’s launch, we have undertaken several activities and endeavors in several areas including Curricular Affairs, Student Affairs, Admissions, and Enrollment Services, to name a few. With a commitment to make the work of this Initiative transparent and accessible, we have created this page to chronicle our efforts to date and the products and resources generated from our work thus far.


A Sanctuary Campus

The Mount Sinai Health System, which includes the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and seven hospital campuses, is a safe haven where patients, students, and employees are free to receive care, learn, and work without fear of discrimination, harassment... read more

These Times

The past few weeks have been intense. We continue to face the challenge of addressing mental health and well-being, while coping now with a national landscape that has increasingly normalized racist and biased rhetoric and behavior. We at the Icahn School of Medicine... read more


In response to Dr. Tamika Cross’s encounter with bias and discrimination while aboard a Delta flight on October 9, over the past couple of weeks, we created a declaration to share solidarity with Dr. Cross and to acknowledge #WhatDoctorsLookLike. Our statement is now... read more

Wellness Includes Equity

As you know, a task force has been formed to explore wellness in our community and to reflect on the adequacy of well-being resources and mental health support for our trainees. Directly impacting wellness in our learners is the larger community and country that we... read more

Top Picks—A Suggested Reading List

We would like to share a reading list that we believe can increase awareness and a different level of understanding of racism and bias. We are also interested in hearing from you. If you have suggestions of additional text, please feel free to send them our way. The... read more


Christian Pean is a fourth-year medical student here at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As many of you know, Christian’s brother Alan was shot this past August in a hospital while attempting to get treatment. Thankfully Alan survived and is able... read more