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Unconscious Bias Resources for Health Professionals

At academic medical centers, unconscious biases can compromise diversity and inclusion efforts in admissions, curriculum development, counselling, and faculty advising, among other functions. The AAMC provides resources and trainings to assist these institutions to meet their goals around addressing unconscious biases.

Unconscious Bias Train-the-Trainer Program for the Health Professions

The AAMC partnered with Cook Ross, Inc., to create training in the science behind unconscious bias. This training will help academic medicine staff and faculty mitigate these disparities across the medical education continuum.

This evidence‐based, intensive, and dynamic 4-day course provides a hands-on experience to prepare attendees to deliver an unconscious bias workshop. This unique program is aimed at leaders in academic medicine and other professionals in healthcare and biomedical research who want to integrate unconscious bias learning opportunities into their organizations.

Upcoming opportunities:

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Washington, DC
March 12-15, 2019
Registration is now closed.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Washington, DC
September 23-26, 2019
Registration opens mid-April 2019

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

Online Seminar: The Science of Unconscious Bias and What To Do About it in the Search and Recruitment Process

There is overwhelming scientific evidence that unconscious bias may influence the evaluation and selection of candidates – from entry-level to leadership positions – in all types of organizations, including medical schools and teaching hospitals. This presentation is designed to acquaint search committees and others with this research as one step toward mitigating the effects of unconscious bias.

Who should register? Academic medicine faculty and administrators and other professionals in health care and biomedical research. Nearly 20,000 search committee members and other individuals in academic health centers have participated in this webinar since 2010!

Register here to participate in this free seminar.   

Additional Resources

Proceedings of the Diversity and Inclusion Forum: Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine Report
This publication is an insightful look at the benefits of diversity and inclusion, and a summary of potential interventions to remediate unconscious biases present in modern academic medicine. Access the Report

Video Interview with Howard Ross
Former AAMC Chief Diversity Officer Marc A. Nivet, Ed.D., interviews Howard Ross, founder and former chief learning officer of Cook Ross, Inc., 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 how to mitigate unconscious bias to increase the success of diversity initiatives.

Q-and-A with Howard Ross About the Unconscious Bias Learning Lab

Listen Now: Ross Q&A Audio 

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