Presented by Kathy McGrail & Marla Rowe Gorosh
Effective teaching about racism in healthcare in an effort to improve healthcare equity requires that learners develop an awareness of, and discomfort with, the status quo, while at the same time not being so triggered that increasing denial and resistance is provoked. Inviting personal reflection on the lived experience of bias and stereotyping, rather than overwhelming with data, would be expected to be more effective in achieving such awareness and desire to change.
This workshop will incorporate narrative exercises with reflection and active listening skills to: generate a personal understanding of bias and stereotyping; create a community of knowledge and understanding; and to practice skills essential to develop and practice cultural humility in any context.
This approach, which can be effective for any group, may assume particular importance in teaching and mentoring of learners who come to this country as international medical graduates. New to this country and culture, arriving sometimes with a more hierarchical approach to medical practice, such learners may experience painful and disorienting messages about their role and their identities. For such learners, this exercise creates an opportunity to reflect on, and talk about these experiences, to feel supported, and to imagine what their own experience may suggest about the experience of their patients
Working together, we will identify the challenges of facilitating teaching activities about bias and equity in healthcare, then participate in such a workshop, followed by deconstruction of the exercise to identify where and how elements of this may be used/modified in your own settings
By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Define, and know when and how to use the concept of narrative knowledge
- Use a focused narrative exercise to explore the personal experience, and impact of, stereotyping and bias
- Identify challenges encountered in facilitating educational activities about racism and healthcare disparities, and their potential solutions
- Apply what they have learned to understand the impact of stereotyping and bias on their collective collegial lives as well as on the healthcare experience of their patients