Challenging Norms:

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

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


We are pleased to announce our upcoming conference, to be held virtually in the fall of 2023. This conference will be a unique opportunity to present, 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. In a field where data-driven research is typically valued above all else, we seek to create a non-traditional symposium that promotes community and coalition-building, skill development, the sharing of both rigorous and preliminary research, and discussions of successes along with challenges.

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.

If you are interested in presenting, submissions for proposals will be open from May 1 to June 30. Learn more about what’s required in our abstract guide.

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. We will provide more details about the conference—including the link to register—shortly. For now, we ask that you save the date and look out for future communication coming your way.

I’m interested in presenting. Will there be a call for submissions?

From now through June 30, we are accepting abstract proposals. Here’s your guide for more information on what you’ll need.

Submit Your 2023 Proposals

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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.