From the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minority and economically disadvantaged communities to the racially motivated killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, 2020 has unfortunately provided us with even more evidence that systematic racism continues to plague us.
The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program stands in solidarity with the Black community and communities of color and is committed to meaningful, long-term change and to the diversity of our student cohort: the faculty and the leaders in biomedical research and academic medicine of tomorrow. We will do everything within our power to ensure equality for our students and dismantle structural racism—in our Program, the Tri-Institutional campus, our city, and our country.
While listening to our students’ voices is critical at a time like this, it is our responsibility as educators and scientists to drive this change through specific, long-term, substantive efforts. To begin to address these issues, we will implement the following strategies:
We are proud of the work the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program has done to increase the diversity of physician-scientists through our Program—and recognize there is more work to be done. There are no quick fixes to counter long-term, structural oppression; we are in this for the long haul and will continue our efforts to train the next generation of diverse and empowered physician-scientists who will be agents for change.