September 16, 2010

Workshop to explore unconscious bias

Workshop to explore unconscious bias

The best way to root out bias at an academic medical center is to begin by recognizing your own biases.

That is one of the messages of an upcoming workshop offered by the Office of Faculty Affairs.

The office encourages all faculty members from Vanderbilt University, Peabody College, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College to register now for the upcoming Thomas A. Hazinski Faculty Development Workshop on Oct. 1 in Langford Auditorium.

The program is entitled “Mind Bugs, the Science of Unconscious Bias” and will be led by Mahzarin Banaji, Ph.D., the Richard Clark Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

Banaji’s field of expertise is in the area of unconscious bias which impacts hiring practices, promotions, interactions with staff, patients, student selection.

The three hour workshop will take place from 1-4 p.m.

Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will give closing remarks about unconscious bias and “Application to Our Culture.”