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Association of American Medical Colleges Tomorrow's Doctors, Tomorrow's Cures®

Exploring Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine

Video Length: 30 minutes


In this 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand that unconscious bias is indivisible from the human brain.
  • To understand that institutional bias must be combated with a multi-faceted solution, that covers all tiers of employment and the hiring or application process.
  • To understand that high levels of confidence or ego and high-stress careers, tend to go hand and hand, which results in unconscious bias.


Howard Ross
Chief Learning Officer
Cook Ross Inc.
Marc E, Nivet, EdD
Chief Diversity Officer
American Association of Medical Colleges


Unconscious Bias in the Health Professions Three Day Learning Lab

Diversity Policy and Programs has also partnered with Cook Ross to develop a three-day intensive program, "Learning Lab on Unconscious Bias in the Health Professions". Led by Howard Ross, this training is designed specifically for administrators and faculty of academic medicine to dive deeper into the origins of unconscious bias and learn proven strategies and interventions for recognizing and preventing it in healthcare settings.

Learning Lab on Unconscious Bias in the Health Professions

Unconscious Bias in Search and Recruitment E-Learning Seminar

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, created for academic medicine audiences, is designed to acquaint search committees and others with this research as one step toward mitigating the effects of unconscious bias.

E-Learning Seminar: What You Don't Know: The Science of Unconscious Bias and What To Do About it in the Search and Recruitment Process