Racism & Bias
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 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 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.
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Guiding Coalition members are a powerful, enthusiastic group of Change Leaders that develop new strategies and put them into effect to transform the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). As part of the Racism and Bias Initiative’s (RBI) change management...read more
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...read more
Since the initiative’s launch in 2015, we have undertaken several RBI activities and endeavors that have primarily addressed recommendations related to racism and bias content in curricular and student affairs, admissions, and in other functional areas of the school....read more
As you know, the Department of Medical Education has launched several initiatives over the past few years to raise awareness of and systematically combat racism and bias in our learning environment. The following provides a glimpse of preliminary actions taken during...read more
Change Management Meets the Racism and Bias Initiative | An Introduction to the Methodology from Dr. Leona Hess
A New York-native, Dr. Hess is a systems thinker and transformational change strategist. Joining Med Ed in October of last year, her primary role is to develop and apply a Change Management methodology to the Racism and Bias Initiative (RBI). By doing so she will...read more
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is proud to announce three new graduation awards beginning in the 2016–17 academic year. Starting with the Class of 2017, graduating medical students who have demonstrated a commitment to mitigating racism and bias in our...read more
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