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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Joins TIME’S UP Healthcare

New Step Follows Recent Announcements About Groundbreaking Initiatives to Advance Gender Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Newswise — (New York, NY – August 27, 2019) – Today, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai announced that it has officially become a signatory to TIME’S UP Healthcare. The new step builds on and reaffirms the School’s longstanding work and commitment to ensuring that gender inequity and sexual harassment have no place in our community.

“We are proud to join TIME’S UP Healthcare. As critical conversations about equity happen nationwide, it is incumbent on institutions—both inside and outside science and medicine—to rigorously examine their policies and climate, pinpoint ways to improve, and take action,” said Dennis Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs of the Mount Sinai Health System. “At the Icahn School of Medicine, we have already taken significant steps to advance gender equity, and we are committed to continuing this work.”

“Signing up for TIME’S UP Healthcare is not just a reflection of the work we have done or what we believe as an institution. It’s a reflection of our ongoing commitment to ensure that this generation of medical leaders—and the next—experience fairness and equity in science and medicine,” said Carol R. Horowitz, MD, MPH, Dean for Gender Equity in Science and Medicine, Professor of Population Health, and Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine.

By joining TIME’S UP Healthcare, we are reflecting the Icahn School of Medicine’s belief that diversity, inclusion, and equity are imperative to achieving excellence in all our missions, creating an environment of respect and affirmation of intersecting social identities and lived experiences, and allowing our community of learners, educators, health care providers, and investigators to use medicine, science, and policy as platforms for advocacy and social justice.

Mount Sinai’s letter joining TIME’S UP Healthcare and committing to its principles can be seen here.

Today’s announcement builds on existing work at the Icahn School of Medicine as well as a series of steps announced earlier this month:

  • Dean for Gender Equity: The Icahn School of Medicine became the first among academic medical centers nationwide to create a Dean for Gender Equity in Science and Medicine earlier this year—a position specifically created to close gender gaps if and where they exist within the institution.
  • New Diversity Statement: The Icahn School of Medicine recently revealed a robust new Diversity Statement for the institution, which builds on Mount Sinai’s groundbreaking Racism and Bias Initiative launched in 2015. Mount Sinai’s longstanding record on equity has helped it earn the No. 1 Ranking in Diversity and Inclusion in the “Top 12 Hospitals and Health Systems” list by DiversityInc in 2017 and 2018.

More information about Mount Sinai’s recent announcements regarding gender equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts can be found here.

About Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics in the 2019-2020 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology and the South Nassau Communities Hospital is ranked 35th nationally for Urology. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.

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