Challenging Norms: Uplifting Anti-Racist Work to Transform the Landscape of Medical Education | Icahn SOM, Mt. Sinai

May 12, 2023

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is excited to announce our upcoming virtual conference,

Challenging Norms: Uplifting Anti-Racist Work to Transform the Landscape of Medical Education.

This conference will be a unique opportunity to present, discuss, and learn about anti-racist transformation in three areas of medical education: undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, and the interface between medical education and the community.

In a field where data-driven research is typically valued above all else, we seek to create a non-traditional symposium that promotes community and coalition-building, skill development, the sharing of both rigorous and preliminary research, and discussions of successes along with challenges.

Challenging Norms will be held on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14. 

Anyone at the interface of anti-racism and medical education is encouraged to participate, including medical students, house staff, deans, directors, faculty, academic administrators, community-members, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.  

Your time to shine.
From now through, June 30, we are accepting proposals for the conference. Your submissions can be in the form of a poster abstract, personal narrative, workshop, or Fireside Chat. We created this guide to help you get started. When you’re ready, please submit your proposals.

You have questions; we have answers.
We encourage you to check out the FAQ section on our Challenging Norms page on Change Now. (You can also email us at [email protected].)

What’s next?
We will provide more details about the conference (including the link to register for free) shortly.

For now, we ask that you save the date and look out for future communication coming your way.


We look forward to seeing you there.


About Us: The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a leader in anti-racism work, having established the Racism and Bias Initiative in 2015 as well as the Center for Anti-Racism in Practice in 2021. Through this work, we developed a change-management strategy to fundamentally change and restructure the way race is taught and addressed in our medical curriculum. In 2021, with a grant from Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, we established the Anti-Racist Transformation in Medical Education (ART in Med Ed) initiative, a coalition with 11 other North American medical institutions; collectively, we work to transform the landscape of medicine through initiatives that stop the perpetuation of racism in medical education.

We are grateful to The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation for generously supporting this initiative and Mount Sinai’s continued commitment to anti-racist practice.