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Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Medical Education

The AAMC works to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles across the continuum of medical education. As part of this effort, the AAMC Framework for Addressing and Eliminating Racism at the AAMC, in Academic Medicine, and Beyond identifies several pillars to guide the actions of individuals, organizations, and communities. The tools, data, and publications listed below offer a view of the current DEI work in medical education being led by the AAMC and are organized according to this anti-racism framework.

Beyond medical education, the AAMC is committed to DEI across all its services, programs, and projects. A complete list of the AAMC’s DEI initiatives, including those focused on fostering anti-racism in practice, can be found on the Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Initiatives webpage.

As an Individual

  • As an individual

    Tools and Resources for Advisors of First-Generation Medical School Students
    Medical students who are the first in their families to graduate from college bring unique strengths to medicine, but they may also have unique needs and face challenges that are not always readily recognized by their medical schools. This toolkit includes resources to help advisors provide first-generation students with career mentorship, emotional support, and more.

  • New and Emerging Areas in Medicine Series: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Competencies
    Academic medicine has a responsibility to prepare physicians who are culturally responsive, provide care that is equitable, and confront factors that drive racism, hate, and bias in health care. The AAMC, with a diverse advisory group and broad iterative input, developed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Competencies Across the Learning Continuum, the third set in the “New and Emerging Areas in Medicine” series for use across the continuum of medical education.

  • Unconscious Bias Resources for Health Professionals
    Unconscious biases can compromise DEI efforts in admissions, curriculum development, counseling, and faculty advising, among other functions. This webpage includes resources on addressing implicit bias in interviewing candidates for medical school and residency.

  • Anti-bias and Inclusive Language in Scholarly Writing: A Primer for Authors
    This AM Last Page from Academic Medicine serves as a resource for authors who aspire to scholarly writing that is free from bias, inclusive, and accurate in its depiction of identity, health, and risk.

  • Inclusive Language Policy at MedEdPORTAL® and Academic Medicine
    Both AAMC journals follow this inclusive language policy that involves the intentional use of words and descriptors that welcome the diversity of all people and their identities.

As an Organization

As an organization
  • Holistic Review
    Holistic review refers to mission-aligned admissions or selection processes that take into consideration applicants’ experiences, attributes, and academic metrics as well as the value they would contribute to learning, practice, and teaching. This webpage includes the core principles of holistic review as well as key tools and resources to guide the use of holistic review in medical student and resident selection.
  • Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Equity (DICE) Inventory
    The DICE Inventory aims to help institutions conduct a comprehensive review of institutional policies, practices, procedures, and programs that impact the climate and culture around DEI. This self-assessment inventory provides leaders with a snapshot of their institution’s progress toward creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. It includes a section on how DEI is addressed in the curriculum. 
  • Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts at U.S. Medical Schools data snapshot
    The StandPoint™ Faculty Engagement Survey now includes questions to assess perceptions of diversity and inclusion in the medical school workplace and solicit suggestions for how to improve efforts related to DEI. This data snapshot explores responses to these questions, including respondents’ perspectives on institutional DEI efforts and specific actions for leaders to consider. 

As a Community

As a community
  • MedEdPORTAL® Call for Submissions: Anti-racism in Medicine
    This call for submissions from MedEdPORTAL® seeks teaching activities and assessment approaches directly related to racism; microaggressions; trauma-informed care; and implicit bias, health disparities, and/or the social determinants of health where racism is a significant component. Authors, owners, and contributors are invited to submit their work for publication consideration.
  • Submit Your Education Scholarship to These AAMC Calls for Submissions
    Throughout the year, several AAMC groups and programs issue calls for scholarship, including on DEI topics, for Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting and other meetings. This website provides information about active calls that are open now and annual calls that are currently closed.

Diving Deeper: Other AAMC Resources

Data and Reports

Journal Article Collections