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Upstate Bias Checklist for GUMC Educators: A Checklist for Assessing Bias in Health Professions Education Content

“As future physicians and leaders in healthcare, beginning our education with this exercise was critical to better understanding the responsibility we vow to take and uphold.”


Upcoming Professional Development Workshops

Workshop 1: Understanding GUSOM Faculty, Staff & Student Needs
Led by CNDLS and Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA), this first workshop will begin with a data landscape of curricular bias reports filed by students at the School of Medicine as well as from the Georgetown University Cultural Climate survey. This workshop will then help you begin contemplating ways of creating inclusive learning environments, understanding that creating such environments is a process that involves a growth mindset and that there can be multiple pathways, tools, and strategies to support your efforts. There will be time for individual contemplative and small group reflections and the workshop will end with seeking your feedback on what you would like to see and learn in future workshops on inclusive pedagogy. This workshop will primarily be led by Joselyn Lewis, Senior Associate Director for Inclusive Teaching and Learning Initiatives at CNDLS and Bisi Okubadejo, Associate Vice President for Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Compliance, and Kay Bhagat-Smith, Senior Civil Rights Investigator and Compliance Manager both of IDEAA.

Workshop 2: Difficult conversations in the classroom: Setting the stage and navigating challenging moments
In this second workshop we will start from the beginning of the process of thinking about your learning environment as a place that is welcoming and inclusive and one in which all students can participate equally in mutual learning, challenging discussion, and intellectual growth. We will discuss challenging incidents reported by faculty and how to navigate these challenges in order to foster productive and inclusive dialogue and curricular content on a range of issues that touch on gender, race, ethnicity, and religion, among other things. We will also discuss how implicit biases or blind spots get in the way of successfully creating a classroom environment in which these issues can be discussed in a critical manner while respecting the diversity and difference of learning participants. The workshop will provide guidance, scenarios and role-playing, and explore some best practices from your colleagues

Studies on Bias Free Curriculum and Faculty Development

“This past week has evoked many different feelings for me – humility, understanding, perspective, shock, and more. Having worked with vulnerable populations and taken racial equity courses previously, I thought I had a solid grasp on the pervasiveness of systemic inequalities that affect our communities. However, there was so much more to learn from the various small group discussions, panelist conversations, and independent exercises that were integrated into Intersession I. It was humbling to learn the context behind current social determinants of health. Reflecting on those activities have pushed me to think deeply about the lens through which we view patient care and what we can do as thought leaders to improve conditions for vulnerable populations especially.”

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