AOC Initiative Resources and Tools

The Anti-Oppression Curriculum (AOC) Initiative is committed to empowering both learners and educators to take action to advance health justice and equity. Faculty educators are key partners and changemakers, and are essential to the success of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression efforts within the School of Medicine. The AOC Initiative is dedicated to developing and curating resources that inform and support faculty as they strive to create more inclusive and welcoming learning environments.

Key Concepts

While the following topics are in no way a comprehensive list of needed learning, care and clarity around these areas are critical to creating inclusive learning and welcoming environments and to avoiding unintended harm to our learners, colleagues, and patients:

  • Race and Ethnicity are social identities and are distinct from Ancestry/Genetics/Biology
  • Gender is a social identity and is distinct from Sex/Biology/Genetics/Anatomy
  • Gender identity includes a diverse spectrum; binary categories of man/woman; boy/girl are woefully inadequate in representing the gender identity of all individuals
  • Person-first language should be our reflex approach when discussing patients (e.g., Mr. X is a 67-year-old man with diabetes (last HbA1c 13.5) as opposed to Mr. X is a 67-year-old diabetic)

As the AOC Initiative continues to evolve, the core team will be providing additional resources and opportunities for faculty development. Faculty members interested in exploring the fundamentals of Anti-oppressive and Anti-racist Education are encouraged to visit the Center for Faculty Educators (CFE) for available resources. The AOC Initiative leadership team will be refining and expanding resources to include more partners and perspectives in this crucial work. Thank you for joining us in this important endeavor.

AOC Initiative Resources for the Clinical Learning Environment

Creating an equitable, inclusive, welcoming, and actively anti-oppressive clinical learning environment is critical to the success of our students and to our core UCSF values. These environments also have a direct impact on our patients and colleagues. Developing skills and expanding our perspectives and knowledge to create equitable environments is a life-long process. 

To help support and inspire this work, the Anti-Oppression Curriculum Initiative core team has organized a curated list of resources for clinical teachers. Many of these resources are brief (1-2 page) articles and short videos designed for busy faculty actively teaching in the clinical environment. They are meant as a starting point; different faculty will have different learning needs. 

AOC Initiative Curricular Review

AOC Initiative Curricular Review Tool

The AOC Initiative team has developed a Curricular Review Tool to guide UCSF faculty in how to begin to integrate anti-oppressive practices in curricular content and approaches. The goal of the AOC Initiative Curricular Review Tool is to raise questions that warrant in-depth review and discussion during session adaptation and development. We continue to review and update this tool regularly. 

Task Force Draft Recommendations

Two AOC Initiative task forces developed draft recommendations for best practices related to sharing information about patients' race, ethnicity, sex, gender, and sexuality in classroom teaching cases in the pre-clerkship portions of the UCSF Bridges Curriculum. As these concepts are nuanced and evolving, the draft recommendations will undergo continued review and revision. View the Executive Summary to learn more about these efforts.

AOC Initiative Curricular Consultations

If after using the AOC Initiative Curricular Review Tool UCSF faculty designing sessions for the Bridges curriculum would like additional support and guidance in applying anti-oppressive practices in curricular content and approaches, individual consultations are available. To request curriculum consultation appointments, please email

The Inclusive Skin Color Project

The Inclusive Skin Color Project is a collaborative effort between the School of Medicine's Anti-Oppression Curriculum (AOC) Initiative, the UCSF Library, and the Department of Dermatology to improve the discoverability of resources that represent the full spectrum of skin color. Providing plentiful examples of conditions in a range of skin tones improves medical students', trainees', and physicians' abilities to accurately identify clinical signs and, consequently, provide excellent patient care.

Education Oppression Support Resources

Education oppression can cause education trauma, impacting emotional and physical well-being and learning for students. UCSF is committed to addressing education oppression and supporting learners who have experienced trauma in their education. Below is a list of services and resources provided for those experiencing education trauma. We encourage you to seek support.

Support Services for Medical Students Experiencing Education Trauma