Important tips for reviewing medical schools and other institutions

Are you looking into medical schools for yourself or a family member? Here are some important things to consider when checking out your top choices:

  • Visit their website and watch for the following keywords:
    • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Social justice
    • Health equity
    • Anti-racism
    • Systemic/structural/institutional racism
    • Implicit/unconscious bias
    • Under-Represented in Medicine (URiM)
    • Holistic review         
  • Review their DICE score: The Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Equity (DICE) Inventory grades medical schools’ efforts to embed DEI-related initiatives in many areas of university operations. Higher scores indicate a stronger dedication to woke practices.
  • Visit Critical Race Training in Medical Education to see a summary of DEI-related actions, employee requirements, support for anti-racism, and more. 
  • Check a medical school’s “secondary interview questions” for topics regarding DEI, anti-racism, and social justice issues. Here is a helpful database from
  • Search for the school’s “white coat ceremony” oath to see what they ask students to pledge.
  • Review a school’s financial aid page to see if they push scholarships that discriminate on the basis of race.
  • Review the U.S. News and World Report’s 2023 Best Medical Schools for MCAT information and diversity initiatives.