August 25, 2020
The Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine affirms our commitment to being an actively anti-racist organization, and we join the millions of others around the country in proclaiming support for equity, inclusion, and diversity for all.
As educators of future physicians who will be advocates for patients and communities, we have a responsibility to work to embed anti-racism in the medical education curriculum and learning environment, and to challenge racism and inequality in society in every way we can.
So, through the work of our Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity and our Office of Academic and Community Affairs, we’ve developed a broad, updated Anti-Racism and Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Plan to confront racism and its effects, and to advance the representation and inclusion of groups underrepresented in medicine.
Through a range of new initiatives, actions, and resources, the Anti-Racism and Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Plan promotes steps to confront racism, mitigate bias, and advance inclusion. This is the next step in our collective process to create a culture of belonging and of support for an inclusive and anti-racist community.
Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD
Founding Dean and CEO, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
When I first heard that Kaiser Permanente was starting a medical school, I thought it made perfect sense. I could immediately see the potential of a school embedded in our nation’s leading integrated healthcare system, with its focus on team-based care, population health, technological innovation, and continuous quality improvement. It was clear that this school would make a major contribution to medical education, to healthcare, and, ultimately, to health. Two years later, I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to join the school.
My enthusiasm was shared by many others who have come on board as senior leaders, faculty, and staff, often leaving behind key positions around the country. What drives all of us at the school is the opportunity to draw on evidence-based educational approaches from across the globe to provide our students with an outstanding experience.
Our graduates will be excellent clinicians in every field of medicine, wherever they choose to make their careers. They will practice person-centered care, appreciate the many social factors that influence heath, and seek to understand and meet the needs of people from diverse backgrounds. They will be lifelong learners who assess new evidence and new technology and adapt to a changing healthcare landscape. And they will serve as advocates for their patients’ overall well-being–in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our school.
Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD
Founding Dean and Chief Executive Officer, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
To provide a world-class medical education that ignites a passion for learning, a desire to serve, and an unwavering commitment to improve the health and well-being of patients and communities.