Challenging Norms:

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

Friday, October 13- Saturday, October 14 | A Virtual Conference


In a field where data-driven research is typically valued above all else, Challenging Norms: Uplifting Anti-Racist Work to Transform the Landscape of Medical Education, will be a non-traditional symposium that promotes community, coalition-building, and skill development through rigorous and preliminary research, shared stories and experiences, and success and challenges of our efforts.

We will discuss and learn about anti-racist transformation in three areas of medical education: undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, and the interface between medical education and the community.

The conference is free and will be held virtually on October 13-14, and registration is open.

We’re excited to meet you there.

Challenging Norms will be held virtually, accommodating attendees and presenters from the United States and Canada. We invite medical students, housestaff, deans, directors, faculty, academic administrators, community-members, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to attend, present, and participate. Anyone at the interface of anti-racism and medical education is encouraged to participate.

Who can attend the conference?

Anyone at the interface of anti-racism and medical education is welcome. If you are a medical student, graduate student, scholar, post-doctoral fellow, housestaff, faculty, medical school staff, dean, director, or a community member, you are invited to attend.

Where will the conference be held?

This conference will be held virtually and is completely free. Registration is now open, and we can’t wait for you to join us. See you soon.

What happens after I register for the conference?

After you register, you will receive a confirmation email from Accelevents with the details of your event and the link to join beginning October 13.

If you have any questions about the registration process or any other details about the conference, please email

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Join us for the 2023 Challenging Norms conference on October 13-14.

About Us: The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a leader in anti-racism work, 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 race is taught and addressed in our medical curriculum.  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; collectively, we work to transform the landscape of medicine through initiatives that stop the perpetuation of racism in medical education. We are grateful to The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Sinai, the Department of Graduate Medical Education at Mount Sinai for generously supporting this initiative, and Mount Sinai’s continued commitment to anti-racist practice.