In 2020, after events of unrest in our country shed a brighter light on racial inequity, IU School of Medicine took action. Leaders convened three task forces based on feedback from the school community. Then, faculty, staff and students got to work, and met regularly over the past four months to address core areas identified for improvement. Their goal? To advance equity, inclusion and diversity at IU School of Medicine.
Students are now called to attend upcoming town halls to provide feedback on proposed changes. Constructive suggestions can help improve the tangible work being done to make systemic change at IU School of Medicine. The three task forces include the:
A total of 33 students are integrally involved in proposing changes and working with administration. Aaron Gilani, a third-year medical student and co-chair of the Stakeholder Engagement Sub-Committee on the Honor Code Task Force said, “My experience on the task force has been fulfilling and reflective of the reasons why I came to IU School of Medicine. I consider it a great honor to have a seat at the table in order to discuss something as important as the Honor Code, which helps shape the atmosphere of medical education at the school.”
In particular, the revision of the Honor Code will deeply influence the culture for future students admitted to the school by laying out clear expectations of professional conduct held for members of the community. Proposed changes apply to all IU School of Medicine stakeholders and will impact remediation pathways and sanctions for faculty, staff and students when lapses in professionalism and Honor Code violations occur.
“We advocate for student perspective and welfare with every consideration or proposal that may arise, Gilani said.“ We understand the importance of student buy-in and are committed to achieving a result that reflects the interests of our fellow students.”
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Susanna focuses on communication for Medical Student Education, Faculty and Staff. She is also working toward her doctorate in health communication at IUPUI.