Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Dean Named to National Diversity Leadership Group | VTX

The Association of American Medical Colleges recently named Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) Dean Lee Learman to its Council of Deans Insight Circle on Leadership Accountability for Diversity. The 11-member group will inform the development of an accountability framework to guide medical school leaders across the country in their diversity efforts across the education continuum.

“At VTCSOM, we recognize in our core values ​​that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to excellence and to achieving our mission: improving the health of our communities and transforming health care,” said said Learman. “We use an accountability framework in our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts that includes ongoing progress reports and alignments with the university, dean’s office, department chairs and our system partner health [Carilion Clinic].”

The nonprofit Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) represents 171 accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada and is dedicated to transforming health through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. The work of the Council of Deans Insight Circle will contribute to system change efforts supported by it and the National Medical Association (NMA) Action Collaborative for Black Men in Medicine.

“I became interested in joining the Insight Circle after learning that the AAMC is partnering with the NMA Action Collaboration,” Learman said. “People who identify as black make up about 14% of the U.S. population, but black men make up less than 3% of physicians. Participating in the Insight Circle will allow us to share our approach to responsible leadership and learn from the experience of other medical schools. Together, we can identify best practices that will help us and AAMC’s training systems scale more effectively. »

Recently, VTCSOM hosted an event titled “Generational Health: An Intimate Conversation on Black Men and Health Disparities.” The talk brought together healthcare leaders and community members to discuss ways to find solutions for a more equitable healthcare system. It was an example of the types of events the school has developed to support diversity in health care and in the community.

“We are currently implementing the final recommendations of our InclusiveVTC task force, ensuring we live up to our core values ​​and emphasizing the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion among our students, our teachers and our staff,” said Azziza Bankole, head of VTCSOM. loaded with diversity. “We have developed new ways to help promote diversity in health professions with our pathway programs and by creating new networks and partnerships with local and regional universities and colleges, including HBCUs. [historically Black college or university] and other institutions serving minorities.

INSIGHT into Diversity magazine has awarded VTCSOM its Award for Excellence in Diversity in Higher Health Professions Education for four consecutive years. The school continues to make deliberate changes and create programs to increase diversity among its student body.

“To make the necessary improvements in physician diversity, leaders must drive complex change while creating a culture of shared responsibility among many players in medical education and healthcare,” Learman said. “We look forward to working with other medical schools to expand our knowledge as participants in this important AAMC initiative.”

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