Overcoming Implicit Bias - A Workshop for Residency Programs  

Working with IAFP content experts and AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equity director Danielle Jones, MPH, two medical student externs Alejandra Pineda (University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria) and Supriya Kale (Windsor University School of Medicine) created a toolkit for Implicit Bias training tailored to family medicine residency programs.  

Click here to download the “Work in Progress: Implicit Bias Training Toolkit” for Illinois Family Medicine Residencies.*  This training workshop is to provide targeted education empowering medical residents to strengthen their clinical knowledge and to improve health equity in the practices and communities in which they serve now and in the future. These family physicians will be prepared to practice and serve as health equity champions with tangible steps towards more equitable practices and care.  Once your plans are set, please ask all invited participants at your program to investigate their current implicit associations with the Project Implicit Social Attitudes tool about various topics and then use that information to complete this short pre-workshop questionnaire

Specifically this training is designed to:

  • Increase self-awareness of implicit bias
  • Describe the impact of implicit biases and ways it influences health care delivery.
  • Recognize personal privilege in the clinical space
  • Gain empathy through seeing the perspective of others
  • Discuss next steps to take at all levels - personal, clinic, system, organizational, state and regional/national level to address bias

Workshop Objectives:

  • Define implicit bias
  • Discuss how implicit biases present in patient interactions or the workplace
  • Analyze how implicit bias may affect quality of healthcare in a diverse patient population
  • Develop strategies to address implicit biases in daily interactions

This is another important activity in our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. IAFP will support diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms, recognizing that these require an enduring commitment that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, activities and behaviors.  

*After presenting the workshop at your family medicine residency program, the Main Facilitator should complete this short online report for our data collection. 

Additional Resources: 
AAFP Implicit Bias Toolkit 
IAFP's Health Equity Resource Center 

All members are welcome to join the Health Equity Member Interest Group  

AFMRD - Diversity Equity and Inclusion Milestones (IAFP member Santina Wheat, MD, MPH helped Develop these milestones)

AAFP 3-Part series with Dr. Stewart on Measuring AAFP's Efforts on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

AAFP's EveryONE project toolkit 

AAFP Leader Voices Blog from AAFP President Ada Stewart, MD - Black Physicians COVID Death Underscores Health Disparities

IAFP has exclusive Member Access to TOXIC: A Black Woman's Story Short Film (26 minutes) Member Login Required. 

NY Times - How to Be an Active Bystander When You See Casual Racism

Disability background -  Health Affairs February 2021 "Physicians' Perceptions of People with Disability and Their Health Care" 

Obesity and weight bias resources from the Obesity Action Coalition

"Partnership to Improve Access to Buprenorphine Treatment in a Homeless PopulationAnnals of Family Medicine, January 2021 (Mile Square Health and the Night Ministry in Chicago)

Commentary:  Ableism at the Bedside People with Intellectual Disabilities and COVID-19 co-authored by Brian Chicoine, MD

Carl Lambert, MD was featured on WGN-TV news on Feb. 26 discussing inequality in medicine and lack of Black physicians. 

NPR story on overdose surge among Blacks during the pandemic

WGLT Radio story on the lack of Black men physicians featuring IAFP 2009 Teacher of the Year Kelvin Wynn, MD

Carl Lambert, MD, the was recently featured in an American Medical Association feature story about the importance of hope as we all confront COVID-19 fatigue nearly a year after the pandemic began. He also authored a blog post on KevinMD.com about the “minority tax” on black physicians who often carry the load in their roles to spearhead advocacy against racism and discrimination, while ensuring equality and inclusion at their institutions.

Chicago Tribune article featuring Admit the Six advocacy co-led by Dr. Rembert

IAFP Student Town Hall, October 17, 2020 Addressing Structural Racism and Advancing Health Equity (YouTube video)

STFM 2022 Poster (Kale and Pineda, et. al.)