Dr. Damian Archer is the Asst. Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the School of Medicine. He is a board certified family medicine physician and the Chief Medical Officer of a federally qualified health center, North Shore Community Health, in Salem, Massachusetts.
He joined the faculty at TUSM in 2012 as a clinical instructor and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine as well as Associate Director of the Sam. W. Ho Health Justice Scholars Program. In 2016, he received the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award for his work in the Competency-Based Apprenticeship Program (CAP) and in 2018, he received an award for Excellence in Teaching in the Family Medicine Clerkship.
Dr. Archer is passionate and committed to social justice and health equity and is an advocate for structural change. He also sits on the committee on diversity at the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Tell us a little bit more about your background as it pertains to your identity, field of study, and anti-racism work.
I’m a gay, Black, immigrant physician from the Bahamas. In addition to being the assistant dean for multicultural affairs and assistant professor in family medicine at the medical school, I practice at a federally qualified health center with a marginalized and historically excluded population of patients. In both work spaces I consider myself to be an anti-racist practitioner and I am constantly asking myself, “How is racism at work here?”
What is your favorite aspect of being the Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs at Tufts University School of Medicine?
Supporting students to overcome challenges and achieve their maximum potential is the thing I like the most about being an Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs.
What is one thing you would love to see happen at Tufts University as it relates to anti-racism efforts?
Tufts University must sustain its commitment to anti-racism by continuing to review, analyze and change its policies, practices and protocols to advance equity and justice.