In 2020, the authors published work examining disparities in clerkship grading and found students who identify as White were more likely to receive honors grades compared with students from races/ethnicities traditionally underrepresented in medicine. Through a quality improvement approach, the authors identified the following 6 areas where improvements could mitigate grading disparities and, therefore, put processes in place to: ensure equitable access to examination preparation resources, change student assessment, develop medical student curriculum interventions, improve the learning environment, change house staff and faculty recruitment and retention practices, and provide ongoing program evaluation and continuous quality improvement processes to monitor for success. While the authors cannot yet be sure that they have achieved their goal of promoting equity in grading, they believe this evidence-based, multipronged intervention is a clear step in the right direction and encourage other schools to consider a similar approach to tackling this critically important problem at their own institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S64-S67
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2023


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