Monday, January 11, 2016

Unconscious Bias in Medicine: Is it “black and white”?

On Thursday, January 28 and Tuesday, February 9, WHEP will be holding a two part seminar series on the topic of unconscious bias and its impact on medical care and health outcomes.  We will begin with a conversation about discrimination, racism, and systemic bias in our healthcare system (and society at large), recognizing that we all hold unconscious stereotypes that may influence our clinical decision-making and contribute to disparities in healthcare.   

With the help of a panel of Drexel physicians, we will then explore how we as healthcare professionals and patient advocates can strive to deliver the best care and ensure the best outcomes regardless of a patient’s race, ethnicity, sex or socioeconomic status.  The only way to overcome bias is to talk about it, become more self-aware, and make changes in the way we practice medicine. 

We invite you to join the conversation!  
To peak your interest before the seminars, check out some of these resources:

TED Talks


Levels of racism: A theoretic framework and a gardener's tale.  American Journal of Public Health. 2000; 90:1212-1215.

#BlackLivesMatter: A Challenge to the Medical and Public Health Communities. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2015; 372: 1085-1087.

White coats for Black lives: medical students responding to racism and police brutality J. Urban Health 2015; 92(6): 1007-1010.

Black Lives Matter: A Commentary on Racism and Public Health.  American Journal of Public Health. 2015: 105:e27-e30.

                                                                                                                              Judith Wolf, MD
                                                                                                                    Associate Director, WHEP