Accelerating Change in Medical Education

Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

Joined January 2016

The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin is designing, implementing and evaluating a leadership curriculum that will cover all four years of medical school. The goals are to focus medical students on the challenges of 21st-century health and medicine and to engage students’ creativity and aptitudes in solving those challenges.

2019 spring consortium meeting

Poster presented: Establishing a Social Accountability Framework Across Dell Med’s Four Pillars, Differentiating Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (PDF)

Need/gap addressed:

  • Equity needs to be differentiated from diversity and inclusion in order to delineate a focus on mitigating inequities
  • Lack of a shared conceptualization of health equity
  • School’s pillars are silos
  • Most community and equity work is in population health
  • Some medical school operations and policies to address language barriers are only now under development
  • Community demand for measurable social accountability and eliminating disparities is high
  • Innovative UME curriculum must diffuse into GME experience
  • Evidence base for impact of training about bias, racism and social determinants is still evolving
  • Social accountability must undergird all pillars

Principal investigator: Elizabeth Nelson, MD

Associate dean, undergraduate medical education