Implicit Bias Training for Physicians

We Customize our Training to include focus on
Special Groups that include Race, Weight, Religion, Age/Generational, Abilities, Subculture/Lifestyle, Stereotypes, Income & Political Affiliation

Implicit Bias / Unconscious Bias Training for
Physicians & Healthcare Systems


id you know that we all have unconscious bias, and that we each have a responsibility to prevent its unintended consequences? In this training session, we will explore unconscious bias in a healthcare setting and the actions you can take to lessen its impact. Although we know unconscious bias affects all aspects of our lives, for this course we will primarily be focusing on healthcare workplaces.

Implicit bias training for doctors and medical staff is a smart investment in reducing overall liability & complaints while improving patient satisfaction and successful health outcomes. Understanding how to handle unconscious bias is a critical leadership skill for today’s healthcare professionals. Everyone, from clinical to administrative staff, can develop great leadership skills and play a role in fostering an inclusive culture.

Our training focuses on building real world, actionable skills that foster a culture of respect and harmony. We base our techniques on solid data and solutions developed by psychologists. Implicit bias training not only ensures the doctors deal with patients in an empathetic manner that creates an enhanced patient experience; it also facilitates a respectful and harassment free workplace for the physician, nurses and other hospital staff.

Please note: due to COVID precautions we have moved all of our training sessions online.

Personal Identities Addressed in Unconscious Bias Training

Factors such as our ethnicity, gender, religion, etc., all create our own personal identity. Some of these identities people can easily see (such as race), while other identities are not so easy to see (such as disability or education level).
Some examples of personal identities & special groups we address in training:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation / LGBTQ
  • Nationality
  • Culture
  • Religion
  • Socio-economic status
  • Ability
  • Education
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Age/Generational
  • Political
  • Weight

Implicit Bias Training Benefits:

  • Have an increased sense of their own biases and a plan for continued self-education
  • Be able to identify implicit bias and microaggressions
  • Have an increased understanding of power dynamics and privilege, and the barriers they create professionally and medically
  • Establish a foundation for healthy interaction between staff and patients
  • Reduce negative online reviews from former staff and patients
  • Build greater inclusion, equity and appreciation for diversity
  • Improve patient satisfaction and outcomes
  • Communicate more professionally and effectively with co-workers & patients
  • Reduce legal liability by documenting implicit bias training
  • Learn how to interrupt bias personally and as an organization
  • Learn communication skills that can remove perceived insensitivity before it begins
  • Reinforce your hospital or practice’s policies
  • Ensure that your policies regarding patient care are understood and followed
  • Strengthen your online reputation management program

Course Outline:

I. Fundamentals

Defining implicit bias
Describe how the brain uses shortcuts and schema to process stimuli
Explain how attitudes, stereotypes and biases form
Differentiate between explicit and implicit biases
Understand the common forms of bias
Identify special groups / personal identifiers
Describe ways in which implicit bias can impact our actions

II. Self Assessment

Assess implicit biases (self assessment)
Recognize situations wherein you are more prone to the influence of bias
Recognize external factors that make you more prone to the influence of bias
Evaluate whether you are being influenced by bias (Implicit Association Test [IAT])
Understanding awareness and humility

III. Interrupting Bias

Managing the influence of implicit bias
Mindfulness and conscious de-biasing
Learn ways to minimize the influence of implicit bias
Roleplaying & scenario exploration

IV. Policy & Legal Review

Understand the legal liabilities of insensitivity, discrimination and bias
Communicate & review hospital or practice policies during implicit bias training for doctors
Identify state and federally protected groups
Learn the steps necessary to establish the correct workplace environment
Develop an individual action plan to increase inclusivity & interrupt bias in the workplace

1 on 1 Coaching

Individual coaching over the course of 2 days. We break this down into an understanding of fundamentals and a self-assessment of bias, followed by a form Implicit Association Test (IAT). Analysis of individual interactions. Perfect for organizations where individuals have been identified as having a problem with bias, or if online reputation management has identified individuals as impacting the organization's reputation.

Group Sessions

Group sessions spanning 2 days in small workable blocks. Role playing involved, interpersonal analysis. Great to quickly address all members of an organization to keep everyone focused on building an environment of inclusion. Requires the use of a projector and laptops for Implicit Association Testing (IAT).

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Outstanding training for those looking to build an inclusive practice and improve patient satisfaction.

Implicit Bias Training for Physicians

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