What Is Education for CHANGE?
Education for CHANGE is a longitudinal social justice curriculum developed for use in graduate medical education. The curriculum is designed to shift learners’ knowledge, skills and attitudes toward racial equity and serve as a stimulus for all residents to become changemakers. Education for CHANGE can be used as part of a more comprehensive plan, with a goal of moving toward a more equitable future for all our patients.
The 8 curricular goals of Education for CHANGE:
- Analyze how the history of racism & other forms of oppression impact our current state of health (in)equity, healthcare, and academic medicine
- Examine the way systems of power and systems of oppression are at work in our daily lives, both within and outside of professional roles
- Assess one’s own identity and biases, and implement strategies to reduce the impact of these biases on interpersonal interactions while maintaining self-compassion
- Intervene when witnessing or experiencing racism and other forms of oppression; recognize responsibilities of witnesses and rights (including the right to do nothing) for those experiencing aggression
- Engage others in conversation and/or action related to social justice
- Appreciate the benefits to ALL people, including both those in power and those experiencing oppression, of working for social justice
- Demonstrate the abilities to sit with discomfort and to cause disruption as necessary steps toward a more equitable future
- Appraise one’s own unique talents and positions of power, and use this to plan individual, actionable steps to promoting a more just future