To address health disparities and improve patient-physician interactions, many medical schools now offer implicit bias training to their students. Cristina Gonzalez, M.D., M.Ed., led a study that assessed New York medical students’ views on implicit bias instruction and identified obstacles to effective training. The results, published online on April 16 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, indicate that some students resist training because they think it’s unnecessary while others feel ashamed about publicly revealing their biases. Competing educational priorities, lack of student body diversity, and lack of faculty development for most instructors also hamper student engagement in implicit bias instruction. The findings may lead to better implicit-bias curricula in medical schools and improve health outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized populations that physicians serve. Dr. Gonzalez is an associate professor of medicine at Einstein and an attending physician in internal medicine at Montefiore Health System.
Posted on: Thursday, May 23, 2019