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Dartmouth College

Medicine Grand Rounds - Unconscious Bias: Where are We Now?

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Dartmouth Health Continuing Education for Professionals Home, Medicine Grand Rounds - Unconscious Bias: Where are We Now?, 9/18/2020 8:00:00 AM - 9/18/2023 9:00:00 AM, Recognizing the limitations of existing tools to measure unconscious bias and the need to address gaps in our understanding of bias, Dr. Salazar encourages providers to examine where our biases come from and to recognize that they are often incompatible with our conscious values. His strategies for addressing bias in the healthcare workspace include creating a space of safety for patients and to understand that while personal biases may not change, it is important to change your reactions to trigger situations, resulting in healthier encounters with patients and colleagues.

René Salazar, MD
Assistant Dean for Diversity
Professor, Internal Medicine and Medical Education
The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

About our Presenter
Dr. René Salazar is the inaugural Assistant Dean for Diversity and Professor of Medical Education and Internal Medicine at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. After residency, Dr. Salazar completed a one-year Latino Health Disparities research fellowship and was a faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF from 2003 until June 2016.

Learning Outcome(s)
Participants will be able to review the state of the science on unconscious bias and its impact on healthcare and describe 2-3 strategies to minimize the impact of unconscious bias on work.

In accordance with the disclosure policy of Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education and the Nursing Continuing Education Council standards set forth by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation, continuing medical education and nursing education activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content have been asked to disclose any financial relationship* they have to a commercial interest (any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients). Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation, but is elicited to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given activity.

The following Activity Physician Director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content have reported the following financial interest or relationship* with various companies/organizations. The Activity Director and Planning Committee member roles were resolved by altering the individual’s control over content about the products or services of the commercial interest by the Associate Dean for CME and the Department of Medicine Chair. All potential conflict(s) were resolved.

* Kelly Kieffer, MD ~ her spouse is a consultant for OcculoBio. 

* Richard I. Rothstein, MD ~ has research support from Baranova (research grant to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) and is on the Scientific Advisory Board for Allurion.

Other planning committee member(s), speaker(s), activity director(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content for this program report no financial interest or relationship* with any company(ies) or organizations whose product may be germane to the content of their presentations.

*A “financial interest or relationship" refers to an equity position, receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by a research grant, receiving honoraria for educational services elsewhere, or to any other relationship to a company that provides sufficient reason for disclosure, in keeping with the spirit of the stated policy.

Bibliographic Material
See presentation for bibliographic sources to allow for further study.


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