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Brown University

Addressing Microaggressions in the Clinical Environment

Brown University via Independent


Program Release: February 22, 2022 Expiration Date: February 22, 2024 Estimated time to complete: 30 Minutes There are no prerequisites for participation. Speakers Simone Thavaseelan, MD Associate Professor of Surgery Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Chief of Urology, Providence VA Medical Center Staff Urologist RI Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Providence VA Medical Center, Memorial Hospital of RI and Women & Infants Hospital Carla Moreira, MD, RPVI Assistant Professor of Surgery, Clinician Educator Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Chief of Vascular Surgery, Providence VA Medical Center Vascular Surgeon, Brown Surgical Associates, Brown Physicians, Inc. Overview Microaggressions are commonplace behaviors and attitudes toward others that arise from conscious or unconscious bias. These events negatively affect the clinical learning environment and have been implicated in the perpetuation of disparities in health and healthcare. This Grand Rounds session will provide a framework to assist clinicians in developing appropriate responses to a variety of microaggressions. The session focuses on the skills necessary to communicate dissent and provide support, and empowers bystanders and allies to counter the negative impact of microaggressions.


After completing this course, the learner should be better able to: 

  • Define microaggressions
  • Identify the impact of microaggressions
  • Develop and practice strategies to address microaggressions in the workplace


Method of Participation and How to Receive CME Credit

There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.

  • Review the activity objectives, faculty information, and CME information prior to participating in the activity.
  • View the CME presentation recording
  • Complete the CME activity evaluation at the conclusion of the activity in order to receive a credit certificate.

Faculty Disclosure

The Warren Alpert Medical School is committed to presenting CME activities that promote improvements and/or quality in health care and are developed free of the control of ineligible companies (formerly known as a commercial interest).It is our policy to ensure that our activities are balanced, independent, objective, scientific, and in compliance with ACCME and other regulatory requirements.

Anyone who is in a position to control the content of a CME presentation is required to disclose all financial relationships within the past 24 months with ineligible companies. This collected disclosure information has been reviewed and any potential conflicts of interested mitigated prior to the activity.

This activity may include discussion of off-label or investigative drugs uses. Speakers are aware that it is their responsibility to disclose to the audience this information

Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest

The following speakers and planning committee members* have disclosed the following:

Emily Green*, PhD, MA receives royalties from Springer Nature, Simone Thavaseelan, MD receives consulting fees from Boston Scientific. 
Jennifer Maloney*, Carla C. Moreira, MD, RPVI, Chelsea Reyes*, Maria Sullivan, BS* have no financial relationships to disclose.

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Disclaimer: This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to Health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.


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