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Kelsey Martin, M.D., Ph.D.
Two weeks ago, at the White Coat Ceremony, the incoming DGSOM medical school class of 2021 donned their white coats and took the UCLA Medical Oath, marking their entry into a profession dedicated to the preservation of life and prevention of human suffering. The UCLA Medical Oath states that “my relationship with patients and colleagues will not be affected by race, religion, nationality, financial or social status, or sexual orientation.” In another month, we will welcome a new class of graduate students into the UCLA Graduate Program in Biosciences. These students will join a community of scientists and physician-scientists committed to uncovering the biological basis of health and disease through the unbiased and rigorous process of the scientific method.
In the context of these new beginnings, the events in Charlottesville last weekend, and the hate groups and hate language that appear to be gaining a foothold in our country, are especially jarring and disturbing. They serve as a reminder of how much we, the DGSOM community, need to articulate and practice our values. There is no place for hate and discrimination in a profession dedicated to the relief of suffering. Our commitment to the advancement of knowledge must be accompanied by tolerance; truth requires that we be unbiased and open-minded, that we free ourselves from the fear and the bigotry that inevitably drive hate and violence.
As leaders of the DGSOM, we are more committed than ever to fostering a community of tolerance and understanding—a community dedicated to the career of healing, whether that be through clinical care, community engagement, education or research.
In the coming months, the Dean’s Office will continue to hold bimonthly Open Forums for Discussion, and we invite the entire community to join us for discussions around issues of diversity, tolerance and inclusion in our school. This fall, we also will establish a Health Equity Hub in CHS open to all trainees in the Health Sciences Schools (DGSOM, Fielding School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, and Graduate Program in Biosciences), residents, post-doctoral fellows and clinical fellows. The hub will serve as a visible embodiment of our commitment to tolerance and our dedication to medicine and science as endeavors intended to improve the health and well-being of all individuals and all communities.
John C. Mazziotta
Vice Chancellor & CEO
Kelsey C. Martin
Clarence H. Braddock
Vice Dean, Education
Jonathan R. Hiatt
Vice Dean, Faculty
Stephen T. Smale
Vice Dean, Research
Lynn K. Gordon
Senior Associate Dean, Diversity Affairs
Anja M. Paardekooper
Senior Associate Dean, Finance & Administration