This module provides an overview of implicit bias, and how it is manifested in everyday clinical decision-making. Viewers will learn about the underlying psychology and neuroscience of implicit associations, and assess their own biases to increase self-awareness. This course also describes debiasing strategies and best practices to mitigate risks of the impact of bias on treatment and care.
This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.
Upon completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
- Define implicit bias and understand the difference from conscious processes
- Understand historical context for implicit bias
- Understand what causes implicit bias and how bias affects behavior
- Identify at least 2 clinical scenarios where implicit bias can adversely impact care
- Examine the nature of your own biases
- Reflect on the possible effects of your biases on yourself and others
- Describe at least 3 individual strategies to mitigate bias in a clinical context
- Describe at least 2 organizational level strategies to mitigate bias in a clinical context
- Describe at least 2 organizational-level strategies to mitigate bias
The material presented in this continuing medical education program is being made available for educational purposes and does not reflect the official views or policies of the DC Department of Health unless explicitly stated.
Deliya Wesley, PhD, MPH
Dr. Wesley has expertise in health disparities and patient-level factors that impact communication and influence health decision-making. Her research focuses on the unique cultural and contextual factors impacting how racial and ethnic minorities access and utilize health services, with a focus on how patient-facing digital technologies can be optimized for use among the underserved. She is interested in adapting health information technologies to address the unique needs of vulnerable populations, especially racial and ethnic minorities and those with limited literacy. Dr. Wesley is passionate about using research to improve health outcomes and foster health equity.
Felise Milan, MD
Dr. Felise Milan is currently a Professor of Clinical Medicine, the Director of the Clinical Skills Center, and the Director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Programs for first- and second-year medical students at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She also directs the 3rd-year Clinical Skills Assessment and Review Programs. Dr. Milan’s academic interests include teaching and assessment of clinical skills (especially communication skills), psychosocial and behavioral medicine (smoking cessation and exercise counseling), complementary/alternative medicine and women’s health.
Dr. Milan received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed her residency training (in Primary Care Internal Medicine) and fellowship (in Psychosocial Medicine) at Brown University. Following her training, Dr. Milan joined the faculty at Brown to direct the psychosocial and complementary/alternative medicine curricula for internal medicine residents and the medical interviewing course for first-year medical students. Dr. Milan returned to New York in 1999 to join the Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine faculty at Montefiore.
C. Anneta Arno, PhD, MPH
Dr. Arno is an experienced public health professional with a track record in the field of health equity. This includes work promoting community collaboration to transform views and perspectives related to root causes of health disparities, the integration of health equity concepts into healthcare delivery systems, and racial equity through a public health lens.
Dr. Arno held previous leadership roles in Communicable Disease Prevention & Public Health Preparedness at the City of Kansas City (Missouri) Health Department; the Center for Health Equity in the Louisville (Kentucky) Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness; and at the University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences
Christopher King, PhD, MHSc, FACHE
As Chair of the Department of Health Systems Administration, Christopher provides visionary leadership and oversight of undergraduate and graduate academic programs. As associate professor, he teaches and contributes to scholarship on the creation of equitable systems of care within the context of national health reform goals. He works closely with public and private providers to more formally integrate social correlates of health in standards of patient care. Prior to joining Georgetown University, Christopher served as the first Assistant Vice President of Community Health for MedStar Health, a $6B not-for-profit healthcare system comprised of 10 hospitals in the Baltimore/Washington region. Accomplishments included planning, launching and managing a new corporate function designed to apply more rigor and evidence in community-based planning, implementation and evaluation. He was also responsible for developing, testing and evaluating innovative approaches to bridge the gap between medical care and public health.
- 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.50 Completion
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