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Unconscious Bias Training for the Health Professions

At academic medical centers, unconscious biases can compromise diversity and inclusion efforts in admissions, curriculum development, counselling, and faculty advising, among other functions. By learning how to identify and confront unconscious bias in yourself and others, it is possible to mitigate the impact and promote respect for all groups. The AAMC has partnered with Cook Ross, Inc., a leading consulting firm in the country, to create the training in the science behind unconscious bias to help academic medical staff and faculty mitigate these disparities across the medical education continuum. The following trainings are available in 2017:

Every Day Bias Workshop

This is an evidence-based, dynamic one-day workshop in which you will explore how your assumptions impact choices around communication, innovation, hiring, engagement, management, promotion, marketing, and building organizational culture. This unique professional development opportunity is aimed at diversity leaders in academic medicine and other professionals in healthcare and biomedical research.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (one-day only)
Nashville, Tenn.
April 11, 2017

Harvard Medical School (one-day only)
Boston, Ma.
April 17, 2017

Click here to register for the Everyday Bias Workshop one-day

Unconscious Bias Train-the-Trainer Program

This evidence‐based, intensive and dynamic 4-day course provides a hands-on experience that prepares you to deliver a workshop which explores how unconscious biases develop, how they influence perceptions and decision making, and how to mitigate these effects. This unique professional development opportunity is aimed at leaders in academic medicine and other professionals in healthcare and biomedical research who are looking to integrate unconscious bias learning opportunities into their organizations. The first day of this 4-day program is the above Every Day Bias Workshop – you must have this training to continue on to the additional three days.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (4-day)
Nashville, Tenn.
April 11 – 14, 2017

Harvard Medical School (4-day)
Boston, Ma.
April 17 – 20, 2017

Click here to register for the Everyday Bias Workshop 4-day

For questions, please contact Angela Moses, amoses@aamc.org, 202-862-6203.

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Interview on Unconscious Bias with Howard Ross

In this 30-minute video, AAMC Chief Diversity Officer Marc A. Nivet Ed.D. interviews Howard Ross, founder & chief learning officer of Cook Ross and author of Reinventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance. Dr. Nivet and Mr. Ross explore how and why diversity efforts plateau at institutions, what role unconscious bias plays in these situations, and discuss how to mitigate unconscious bias to increase the success of diversity initiatives.


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