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Sunday, February 26 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
(BRIGHTON) Let’s Talk About it: Facilitating Discussions with Medical Students on Implicit Bias

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Abstract Body: Summary: Unconscious biases are prejudices we have but are unaware of. These are “mental shortcuts” based on social norms and stereotypes. (Guynn, 2015). Considerable evidence demonstrates that we all have unconscious bias; even if we sincerely believe that we are being fair and objective, stereotypes may still be influencing our opinions—without us being aware of it. Studies that have measured implicit attitudes have shown that MDs have a stronger implicit preference for White Americans over Blank Americans when compared to the general public and other professional degree holders that can contribute to racial health care disparities (Sabin, 2012). Being aware of one’s own biases can help improve one’s ability to care for patients from diverse backgrounds and be more culturally sensitive however acknowledging and discussing one’s biases can be uncomfortable. Objectives Describe four educational approaches of teaching medical students about implicit bias Discuss the role that faculty and the institution plays to address bias. Recognize the power of self-reflection as a method for understanding bias Share best practices and resources for addressing bias. Methods Four institutions will share their different educational approaches to address this topic with their students at their respective institutions and the challenges and lessons learned. Introductions (5m) Faculty from each institution will give a brief presentation on their curriculum (15 min) Discussion on the delivery of implicit bias curriculum (25 min) Intended Outcomes Participants will gain a variety of ideas of how to deliver curriculum for medical students on implicit bias Target Audience Faculty and staff responsible for curriculum development and medical students. 

Sunday February 26, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm