Enhancing Medical Education Curriculum to Mitigate Healthcare Disparities: A Case Study

Last updated January 11, 2021

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Last Updated

January 11, 2021

Enhancing Medical Education Curriculum to Mitigate Healthcare Disparities: A Case Study

Last updated January 11, 2021

Hear ideas from the University of California School of Medicine for redesigning your curriculum to more effectively address health disparities across cultures.


In the wake of the grand jury decisions not to indict the officers responsible for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in 2014, students at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine led a coalition of medical schools in responding to calls for racial justice in healthcare. The School of Medicine made a multimillion-dollar commitment to fund a School of Medicine initiative called Differences Matter. This multi-year, multi-faceted initiative was designed to position UCSF as the most diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic medical system in the country. One of the six key goals of Difference Matters is a Curriculum Enhancement aimed to “cultivate the highest quality and most inclusive learning environment.”  

Join us for a one-hour webcast where we will explore how UCSF Medical School approached this curriculum enhancement with a specific eye toward mitigating healthcare disparities among patients. Our experts, Dr. Alejandra Rincón and Dr. Aimee Medeiros, will share an overview of the curriculum enhancement work being done by the Education Action Group of Differences Matter and how the five-year initiative produced the following changes:  

  • Incorporation of new content related to race and racism to enhance the medical curriculum 
  • Inclusion of anti-racist language into the seven MD programs’ competencies and milestones  
  • Enhancement of the existing mechanism to identify Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion content in the curriculum 
  • Development of a faculty training program to bolster their competencies around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

You will leave the webcast with ideas and strategies to effectively redesign medical education curriculum to promote inclusivity and equity in the healthcare space.    

Who should attend?

If you are an institutional or academic leader who works in the healthcare professions and are considering—or in the early stages of—a curriculum redesign effort to more effectively address health disparities across cultures, then this training is for you. Academic leaders, faculty, and diversity & inclusion professionals who work in the healthcare space will particularly benefit from this training. 


During this hour-long webcast, UCSF’s Dr. Alejandra Rincón and Dr. Aimee Medeiros will outline the approach that the UCSF School of Medicine is taking to enhance its curriculum to educate their physician learners to become leaders in health equity. Throughout the webcast you will learn: 

  • The history of the initiative and how the goals for the curriculum enhancement were determined 
  • An overview of the School of Medicine’s curriculum enhancement process and timeline 
  • Strategies used to review the current clinical curriculum to identify gaps and areas of focus 
  • The process to review and improve the graduating competencies by including anti-racist language 
  • The steps to take to ensure that faculty members are onboard with, trained, and invested in the curriculum enhancement process  
  • The initial outcomes of the first five years of the process at UCSF, lessons learned along the way, and next steps to move the work forward