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Implicit Bias, Recommendation Letters and the MSPE
Implicit biases are learned stereotypes that are automatic, unintentional, deeply ingrained, universal, and able to influence behavior. These biases are commonly seen in spoken conversation, non-verbal body language, in writing and are pervasive in society. They can be seen in all facets of medical education including admission to medical school and residency.
• 20 min – Introduction to issues
• 20 min – Small group breakout
• 15 min – Small groups report out and discussion
• 15 min – Strategies to prevent implicit bias
• 5 min – Questions and Conclusion Interactive Component:
After a brief introduction that will give the audience some background, they will then be broken into small groups and will analyze authentic letters of recommendation and will identify the bias within the writing. They then will devise their own innovative strategies to surmount this bias before being presented with some strategies found in the literature.
Take Home Product:
Attendees will be armed with knowledge and a toolkit to take home in order to prevent implicit bias in writing or reading LORs and/or MSPEs.
Faculty Development Seminar, 2021, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Osteopathic Faculty, Residency Director, Professionalism, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, GME, UME,