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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on Dismantling Racism in Academic Medicine

    John Buarotti, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and AAMC Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer David A. Acosta, MD, issued the following statement in the wake of recent allegations of racism in academic medicine:

    “Historical and contemporary examples of anti-Black racism continue to impact our Black medical students, residents, researchers, and faculty in academic medicine. The AAMC remains committed to addressing and dismantling racism within our association, in academic medicine, and in society.

    For far too long, the burden to end racism has been placed on the shoulders of those most impacted. As leaders of academic medical institutions, we must critically examine our policies, procedures, and systems, identify all manifestations of systemic racism, and dismantle these practices. Diverse leadership matters, and it is time to amplify opportunities to promote more Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) into leadership positions and validate and respect their authority. We must hold ourselves and our institutions accountable to fight for racial justice.

    The AAMC will continue to explore and implement meaningful and productive ways to work within organized medicine on actionable strategies. We have established a framework for addressing and eliminating racism in academic medicine, and our new strategic plan has a strong focus on supporting and leading the nation’s medical schools, teaching hospitals, and health systems in becoming more inclusive and equitable organizations.

    As we stated in our June 1, 2020 statement, ‘we must acknowledge and speak out against all forms of racism, discrimination, and bias in our environments in our institutions, communities and society.’ Efforts to change are long overdue, and we must all work together to make this change happen. We have not wavered from our commitment, and we stand ready to assist our member institutions in anti-racist work ahead.”

    AAMC Resources on Racism and Health

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members comprise all 157 accredited U.S. medical schools; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 191,000 full-time faculty members, 95,000 medical students, 149,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened the AAMC’s U.S. membership and expanded its reach to international academic health centers.