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Implicit Bias: Addressing Microaggressions and Bias in Healthcare (June 2023 Recorded Webinar)

presented by Bernadette Williams-York, PT, DSc, GCS

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Financial: Bernadette Williams-York is an associate professor and director of the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. She also receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. She has no other relevant financial relationships.

Nonfinancial: Bernadette Williams-York is a project investigator for UW Center for Health Workforce Studies. She has no other competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 56 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

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In the webinar titled Implicit Bias: Strategies to Counter Bias in Clinical Interactions, participants learned that everyone has implicit biases, including rehabilitation professionals. Participants also learned that by gaining awareness of these biases and learning how to consciously counteract their influence, they could improve their clinical interactions with their patients. In this webinar, we will take a deeper dive into the history of racialized medicine and arm ourselves with effective strategies to mitigate bias and assure our patients receive the highest quality of care possible. Together, we will identify the components of our own positionalities and how they affect the power and privilege we have in society and in relation to our patients. Through this lens, participants will be better able to deliver more compassionate and culturally sensitive care. Actual case examples of microaggressions and bias in clinical settings will be presented and discussed to increase the learner's awareness of how negative effects of implicit bias present themselves. Finally, beyond the actions that individuals can take, information will be presented on how each of us can advocate for a more equitable healthcare system through collective action and policy changes.

Meet Your Instructor

Bernadette Williams-York, PT, DSc, GCS

Dr. Bernadette Williams-York has been an educator in health professional programs for nearly 20 years. She currently serves as associate professor and program director of the Division of Physical Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She has previously held faculty and administrative appointments…

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1. Racialized Medicine and Microaggressions

In this chapter, we’ll discuss the history of racialized medicine in the US and the detrimental effects that it has had on marginalized populations. We will also share and discuss examples of bias and microaggressions experienced by those in healthcare settings. Additionally, we’ll present an effective strategy to address and/or mitigate bias or microaggressions.

2. Delivering Compassionate Care and Advocating for a More Equitable Healthcare System

In this chapter, we’ll discuss the importance of self-assessment of one’s positionality, power, and privilege in the context of communicating more effectively with patients in a clinical setting. Participants will then engage in an activity to identify their own positionality, power, and privilege. We will explore facilitating change from a systemic perspective and share strategies and current research on implicit bias to improve equity in the healthcare system.

3. Question and Answer Session

This chapter is a viewer-submitted question and answer session facilitated by Bernadette Williams-York.

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