Focus Area 3: Learning Environment

Our goal is to cultivate the highest quality, most inclusive learning environment for our medical students and residents. Students need to be prepared with the knowledge and skills to combat the social inequities that influence patient’s health. Differences Matter’s Education Action Group addressed this need by creating the most comprehensive, integrated and impactful medical education curriculum that includes issues of health care disparities and social justice using a firm understanding of race, racism, bias and privilege. Click here to learn more about our group, including upcoming meeting dates and times!

 Anti-Racism Primer and Toolkit for Medical Educators:
The primer and toolkit is a living document devised to assist educators to develop and cultivate deep competency and comfort addressing and discussing the topics of health disparities, social justice, bias, and racism. 

Differences Matter Education Advisory Committee:
The Education Advisory Committee is a diverse group of committed educators with expertise in anti-racism that are available to assist and provide feedback in any form of curriculum that mentions racism, race and racial/ethnic health disparities.  The committee meets from 12:30-2pm the third Wednesday of each month. Contact the team for instructions on how to submit curricula for feedback and meeting location. 

UCSF SOM Bridges Curriculum and Health Equity Content:
Curriculum changes have included the addition of structural competency, a framework that prepares clinical trainees to act on systemic causes of health inequalities, into the Foundational Sciences. 

Internal Medicine Clerkship Pilot Programs:
Program to implement innovative solutions to the inequity in student experiences and evaluations by race and ethnicity during the core clerkships.


Dean’s Diversity Leaders:

Charlene Blake, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesia


Aisha Queen-Johnson
Administrative Program Director, PRIME