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Diversity at Upstate

Commitment to Diversity

A diverse faculty, staff and student body are essential for the fulfillment of our missions, for ourselves and for our community.

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development is commited to diversity and inclusion and works collaboratively with the  Upstate Office of Diversity & Inclusion , the College of Medicine's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

We are committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. Creation of a climate of respect is critical. Values supporting diversity and inclusion are integral to our leadership and to all of us at Upstate; please review our diversity commitment statement.

The Upstate Bias Checklist was designed by faculty for faculty to use when developing or reviewing content for medical and health professions students and trainees.

  • The tool is self-explanatory and suitable for self-assessment.
  • It neither requires nor replaces other approaches to faculty development and continuing education, including the hard work of confronting our own biases.
  • The Checklist was intended to avoid burdening learners with the responsibility to call attention to biased material.
  • It is expressly not intended to be punitive toward educators, but instead to promote self-reflection, faculty development and quality improvement in education, while also preventing the harm that comes when biased content reaches learners—harm that not only impacts our learners but also impacts their future patients.

The Checklist is applicable to a variety of types of content, including but not limited to: lecture slides or notes, clinical vignettes, multiple-choice questions, case-based learning materials, and standardized patient encounter scripts.  

For more information please contact Amy Caruso Brown, MD, MSC, MSCS

Additional Resources

AAMC Unconscious Bias Resources for Health Professionals


Faculty Search and Recruitment
Online seminar: The Science of Unconscious Bias and What To Do About it in the Search and Recruitment Process
Who should register? Academic medicine faculty and administrators and other professionals in health care and biomedical research.

Other resources on this AAMC site: Proceedings of the Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Forum: Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine

Video Interview: Exploration of how and why diversity efforts plateau at institutions; what role unconscious bias plays in these situations; and how to mitigate unconscious bias to increase the success of diversity initiatives.

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