Racism & Bias

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The 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 trainingwe 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 methodology that guides how we engage, prepare, equip, and support individuals and ISMMS to successfully adopt transformational change towards our future state of providing healthcare and education that is free of racism and bias. 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.


Town Hall: Nine Questions; Nine Answers

On Tuesday, March 20, the Department of Medical Education hosted a Town Hall  to announce a clear message about racism and bias: The time to change is now. After the event, we distributed a post-event survey eliciting your feedback. Based on the post-town hall survey...

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The Time to Change is Now: RBI Town Hall

On March 20, 2018 the Department of Medical Education hosted a town hall meeting in an effort to share our approach to the next phase of the Racism and Bias Initiative—the people and process side of the transformational change. The town hall presented a unique...

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Leadership Letters: AOA, Equity, and Wellness

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) holds among its highest values academic rigor, social justice, equity, and collaboration. We pride ourselves on being a school that mitigates unhealthy competition among students. We understand the limited value of...

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Dean Charney on Undoing Racism and Bias

Combating systemic racism and bias often begins with addressing it on an individual level. We recently caught up with Dean Charney to provide his lens on racism and bias in our community, and what lengths we are willing to go to undo its effects in the health...

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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...

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