Challenging Norms

Uplifting Anti-Racist Work to Transform
the Landscape of Medical Education

2nd Annual Conference | Monday, October 28th – Wednesday, October 30th

We are pleased to announce our upcoming conference, to be held virtually in the fall of 2024 and open to attendees and presenters from any medical school. This conference will be a unique opportunity to present, discuss, and learn about addressing all forms of oppression as a means of transforming four areas of medical education: pre-medical preparation, undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, and the interface between medical education and the community.  Challenging Norms is a non-traditional symposium that promotes community and coalition-building; skill development;  presenting completed  and preliminary research; sharing personal, family and community narratives; and  discussions of successes along with challenges.  

Challenging Norms will be held during the afternoon on Monday, October 28th – Wednesday, October 30th. Registration will be required and there will be no cost to submit, present, or attend. 

We invite pre-med students, medical students, housestaff, deans, directors, staff, faculty, academic administrators, community-members, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to attend, present, and participate. Anyone at the interface of anti-oppression and medical education is encouraged to participate. 

Submissions will be open from April 1, 2024 to May 13, 2024.

Conference Details

When: Monday, October 28th – Wednesday, October 30th

Where: Virtually 

Who: Pre-medical students, medical students, graduate students, scholars, post-doctoral fellows, housestaff, faculty, staff, deans, directors, and community members…anyone at the interface of efforts to address bias and oppression in  medical education!

Deadline for Submissions: May 13, 2024. 

Submissions: Apply here

Cost of attendance: Free! Registration details to come.


We invite submissions in the following categories:

  • Poster Abstracts
  • Workshop
  • Personal Narrative
  • Fireside Chat

To learn more about submission details and criteria, please refer to the Submission Guidebook.


Do I need to register for the conference?


Is there a registration fee?

No, the conference is free for all presenters and attendees.

Where do I register?

Registration details to come.

Contact Us

Email with any questions.

Apply Here.

Join us for the 2024 Challenging Norms conference.

Submissions Guidelines

About Us: The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a leader in anti-oppression, having established the Racism and Bias Initiative in 2015 as well as the Center for Anti-Racism in Practice in 2021.  Through this work, we developed a change-management strategy to fundamentally change and restructure the way all forms of oppression and bias are addressed in our medical education program.  In 2021, with a grant from Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, we established the Anti-Racist Transformation in Medical Education (ART in Med Ed) initiative, a coalition with 11 other North American medical institutions. In October, 2023 we established the Institute for Equity and Justice in Health Sciences Education, bringing RBI, CAP, and ART in Med Ed under one roof and allowing us to transform the landscape of medicine through initiatives that stop the perpetuation of all forms of bias in medical education.