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The Flexner Report, written in 1910, may have revolutionized medical education, but it also recommended and led to the closure of all but two Black medical schools. While recent decades have lead to increased attention to diversity and inclusion, representation of historically marginalized groups among students and faculty has been slow to materialize.
Black Lives Matter protests encouraged a national dialogue over the need for more effective DEI initiatives and increased antiracist material in medical school curricula. Organizations such as White Coats 4 Black Lives developed “Call to Action” letters to medical school administrations across the country.
Black Lives Matter, DEI initiatives
Bioethics and Medical Ethics
McMillen N, Wasserman J. Analyzing medical student call to action letters following 2020 Black lives matter protests. Poster presented at: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Embark Capstone Colloquium; 2023 May; Rochester Hills, MI.