Program Timeline

Applicants must be medical education leadership teams in partnership with student leaders and staff. 

Selection Criteria and Process

We used the following criteria to select medical schools from the United States and Canada: express interest in addressing racism and bias; demonstrate an openness to learning and implementing a transformational-change strategy; and commit to fielding a diverse cohort of leaders, faculty, students, and staff to actively participate in a multi-year collaboration using a virtual learning platform.

We were intentional in our selection process about first ranking the applications based on a rubric, and then selecting schools that represent the most diverse geographic locations, types of school, years founded, and current activities and resources dedicated to addressing racism. We are excited to begin this transformational change journey with you and the other cohorts.

2021 Cohort

Our 2021 cohort consists of the following selected schools.

  • Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
  • College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
  • University of Minnesota Medical School
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
  • University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine

Program Phases

Participating schools will participate in the program throughout a series of phases.

Phase 1: Onboarding and assessment
We will work directly with selected institutions to identify and onboard cohort members from faculty, staff, students, and leadership. After each cohort has been identified, we will conduct an assessment to determine readiness for transformational change at the individual (cohort members) and school levels. We will also assess the landscape and effectiveness of existing efforts to address racism that have been implemented at each institution.

Phase 2: Preparing for change
Cohorts will be introduced to the transformational change phased approach: engage in learning opportunities to level-set knowledge; envision a future state of transformational change; identify elements of change; conduct internal assessments; develop a change management strategy; and prepare leadership to sponsor the change.   

Phase 3: Creating a climate for change
Cohorts will continue to build a sense of urgency to change from current to future state; engage in racial dialogue (see Chats for Change description below); be the change and become deeply committed to the change process; continue to practice and learn while eliciting feedback from those most affected by the change; build a powerful, enthusiastic group of change leaders (see Guiding coalition description below) to oversee the change strategy and process; and communicate the vision for change, strategy and process across their institution.

Phase 4: Engaging and enabling the institution for change
Cohorts will develop change targets, tactical plans and outcome and performance monitoring frameworks; empower broad-based action by building awareness; generate short-term wins; communicate their plans clearly and consistently with stakeholders; and create team learning labs (see description below) to increase knowledge of key concepts and application to job functions that will support the change targets.

Phase 5: Implementing and sustaining change
Participating institutions will aim to embed the change and ensure that it sticks by actively pursuing information and feedback; learning from wins and mistakes; and turning that learning into appropriate course corrections.  This process is not a fixed or formulaic methodology but rather one that accelerates success by building the capacity to be agile and effectively operate within a state of uncertainty.

Phase 6: Building a community of practice
In order to promote shared learning on how to dismantle racism within and across medical schools, we will build a community of practice within and across the cohorts starting as soon as the cohorts are identified. Throughout the project, we will establish and support the knowledge management cycle of the community of practice, schedule in-person site visits and host an inaugural conference.

Program Timeline

September 20-21, 2021

Notification of Selection

October 4, 2021, at 2 pm EST

Virtual Onboarding Launch Session

October - December 2021

Phase 1: Onboarding and Assessment

December 2021 - February  2022

Phase 2: Preparing for Change

February - May 2022

Phase 3: Creating Climate for Change

May - August 2022

Phase 4: Engaging Institution for Change

August 2022 - ongoing

Phase 5: Implementing and Sustaining Change, and Preparing for the Next Academic Year

September 2022 - May 2024

Phase 6: Ongoing Community of Practice