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AMA Webinar – Applying Systems Thinking to Address Structural Racism in Health Professions Education

July 20, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Applying Systems Thinking to Address Structural Racism in Health Professions Education: Curriculum, Structural Competency, and Institutional Change

Hosted by Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA

July 20, 2020 at 4 PM EST

Structural racism encompasses public policies, institutional practices and cultural norms that perpetuate racism across systems — in policing, housing, education and health care. These structures underlie health disparities, as well as the discrimination faced by students, residents and faculty. Racial inequities exposed by COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement are prompting a reassessment of the training of future health care leaders. Transformative change in health professions education will require a systems thinking approach, embrace a structural competency framework and apply that framework to our institutions. Addressing structural racism will ensure future physicians are more likely to fully serve marginalized communities, while also improving the lived experiences of trainees, faculty and leaders in our academic institutions.

At the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Examine the role of structural racism in health professions education that affects both health care delivery and the experience of discrimination by students, residents, faculty and staff
  • Identify and share promising anti-racism and health justice curricula
  • Explain the role of systems thinking and structural competency in addressing structural racism and other inequities in health care
  • Discuss how to apply a structural competency lens to health professions education at the UME and GME levels and in the clinical learning environments


This is an external event, so please also email to confirm your attendance.


July 20, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM




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