Georgetown University School of Medicine Implements New DCI Track
Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) will launch a new academic track focused on improving diversity, equity and inclusion in medical education.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DCI) program focuses on promoting anti-racism and social justice within the medical community. The DEI track will start in spring 2022 as one of the optional longitudinal academic tracks in which students can participate alongside their medical training. The tracks aim to promote interdisciplinary learning, collaboration and intellectual curiosity. The curriculum, across all streams, requires students to participate in leadership development, experiential learning, training modules, and a wrap-up project.
The DEI track was first developed by Dr L. Tamara Wilson (MED ’21) as a comprehensive research project after noticing a significant lack of training on equity and diversity for college students. of medicine across the country.
The track begins with core modules and leadership training focused on anti-racism, cultural humility and overcoming prejudices, followed by experiential learning, in which students will work directly with community organizations to tackle a specific problem. Students will focus on the roles of discrimination, prejudice, micro-aggression and racism as barriers to equitable health care. The program will end with a synthesis project aimed at solving a problem of DEI in the field of medicine.
The leads will create leaders who value diversity, equity and inclusion, who can impact others through their roles and experiences, according to Ann Jay, program co-director and associate professor of clinical radiology and otolaryngology. .
“Having a dedicated track shows that the medical school is 100% committed to diversity. The unique part of this trail that Dr Wilson has put together is that the goal is not just to learn more about diversity issues, but to learn how to be a leader in the diversity space. , equity and inclusion, ”Jay said in a telephone interview with The Hoya. “When we teach our students to be leaders, their impact on the world goes far beyond the walls of GUSOM. “
The program is one of the first DEI medical streams of its kind in the country, making the process of research and creation more difficult, according to Colin Stewart, associate professor of clinical psychiatry and co-director of the DEI stream.
“Part of the problem is that there aren’t really similar programs at other medical facilities,” Stewart said in a telephone interview with the Hoya. “When Dr. Wilson was researching these kinds of programs, she wasn’t really able to find a model program, so it’s not as if the program she had developed had been adapted from the blank program. ‘another school. ”
By selecting the first cohort of the track, the directors will strive to give students from under-represented backgrounds opportunities to use their experiences in the program and create change, according to Jay.
“We will be looking at students who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine, who have had experiences that will help them achieve track goals, who have evidence of previous DEI experiences, and who are passionate about doing the track. difference in DEI space, ”Jay said. .
Through experiential learning modules and real-world work, students participating in the program will be able to develop DCI leadership skills that will be invaluable in any workplace, according to Stewart.
“If people don’t feel like they can be authentic in the workplace, then you can have that diversity of representation, but you aren’t really able to leverage it to develop true organizational excellence,” Stewart said. “People are looking for leaders who can truly implement anti-racism policies, achieve fairness in the workplace, and vigorously close the inequities in health care gaps. “
In addition to creating DCI-focused leaders, the longitudinal track will exemplify Georgetown’s Jesuit values, according to Lee Jones, dean of medical education.
“In Georgetown, training doctors to take care of the whole person – cura personalis – is an essential part of who we are and what we do, and it’s a big reason why students have chosen to come. in Georgetown, “Jones wrote in an email to Le Hoya.
The track will also allow students to better serve diverse communities and create positive change in the medical field, according to Jones.
“Our students also want to serve their communities and are eager to learn skills to help them create an inclusive environment for patients and their families, especially an environment that promotes social justice,” Jones wrote. “We are deeply grateful to Dr. Wilson for his dedication to the development of this special track and for his many other enduring contributions to Georgetown.”