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Proceedings of the Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Forum: Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine

Proceedings of the Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Forum: Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine

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With input from national experts, this publication was developed by the AAMC and The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. The report details the impact of unconscious bias on seven areas of academic medicine—patient care, medical school admissions, undergraduate medical education, resident and faculty recruitment, faculty mentoring, and faculty advancement, promotion and tenure.

The publication also summarizes interventions that are being used to remediate these biases. Key insights include:
  • Admissions committee members may sometimes unconsciously create different sets of criteria for students based on their experiences. 
  • The unconscious biases of peers and teachers can produce lasting effects on students’ academic experiences.
  • Unconscious bias can affect the faculty recruitment process even before positions are advertised.
  • Patient care can improve when physicians explore their own biases and how these tendencies affect the care they provide.
  • There is ample evidence that interventions can attenuate and even reverse unconscious bias.
Testimony for this publication was collected from the Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Forum, jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University.

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