Respect, Responsibility and Equity in Medicine (RREM) Curriculum

Systemic racism and inequities exist within academic institutions and throughout our training communities. We have an obligation to raise awareness, engage in self-reflection, and identify actionable ways to combat racism and inequities within our own communities and nationwide.

Piper Carroll, MD (PGY5 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow)
Piper Carroll, MD (PGY5 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow) presents on RREM at the 2022 Departmental Clinician Educator Showcase


The Respect, Responsibility and Equity in Medicine (RREM) residency curriculum is aimed at creating a longitudinal curriculum that addresses racism within medicine and psychiatry. This curriculum educates residents about the history and roots of racism, while also addressing the current impact of racism on their own practice. Over a four-year curriculum, residents learn about the social construct of race and the systemic nature of racism in medicine and psychiatry, acquire skills allowing them to serve as allies and advocates for patients and communities, and develop the ability to pass along their knowledge to trainees and colleagues. 


The four-year RREM curriculum includes 40 sessions that our residents attend throughout their training at UPMC. Each session lasts one hour. The first six sessions, piloted in the 2020-21 academic year, are a prototype of the repeating PGY1 RREM curriculum for all UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital residents:
•    History of Racism in US Society and Medicine
•    Racism in Psychiatry
•    Social Determinants of Health
•    Debrief and Reflection
•    History and Outcomes of Racism in Pittsburgh 
•    Bystander Training 
Future subject areas driven by resident interest include: non-URiM (under-represented in medicine) minority perspectives, gender disparities in medicine, LGBTQIA considerations, professional identity and intersectionality, immigrant mental health, and disparities regarding wealth, income, criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power, and education.

To learn about other initiatives undertaken by our Department to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusivity, please visit our DEI page.

RREM Steering Committee

Michael Travis, MD, Residency Training Director
Meredith Spada, MD, Associate Training Director
Sansea Jacobson, MD, Child Training Director
Camille Tastenhoye, MD, Housestaff President
Piper Carroll, MD, Chief Resident for Education
Allison Collier, MD, Chief Resident for Well-Being