University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Assessing Perspectives on Systemic Racism in an Academic Hospital Medical Group: The ARCH Project

Jesse Maupin, MD; Farah Kaiksow, MD, MPP; Jordan Kenik, MD; Ann Sheehy, MD, MS; David Sterken, MD

WMJ. 2021;120(Suppl 1):S66-69.

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Background: Wisconsin residents experience significant racial inequities in health outcomes.

Objectives: The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Division of Hospital Medicine wanted to assess providers’ perspectives on systemic racism and gauge their receptiveness to participating in anti-racism training, in conjunction with development and implementation of anti-racism curriculum.

Methods: Existing anti-racism curriculum was adapted to be delivered remotely. Division providers were asked to complete a 9-question survey at the beginning of the curriculum.

Results: At baseline, a majority of respondents believed that racial health disparities exist and should be discussed through employer-sponsored training. Respondents generally did not feel confident in their abilities to address racism.

Conclusions: Providers were supportive of anti-racism training in the workplace and feel it is congruent with the public health mission of hospital medicine physicians.

Author Affiliations: Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wis (Maupin, Kaiksow, Kenik, Sheehy, Sterken).
Corresponding Author: Jesse Maupin, MD; 2665 Hoard St, Madison, WI 53704; phone 360.301.2019; email
Funding/Support: None declared.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
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