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Title: Creating a Culture Beyond Bias: The Science and Practice of Overcoming Unconscious Bias

Presenter: Jessica Nordell, New York Times’ best-selling author of "The End of Bias: A Beginning"

Description: If we want to get rid of bias at work and in our lives, how do we actually do it? If we want to stop discrimination, what really changes people and cultures? In this urgent, dynamic and deeply passionate talk, acclaimed journalist Jessica Nordell fuses scientific insight with warm and compassionate humanity, presenting the most cutting-edge insights that she’s discovered from the global quest to reduce unintentional bias and transform our workplaces, our lives and our world.

Jessica draws on more than fifteen years of science reporting and highlights practical solutions from her acclaimed book "The End of Bias." In her uniquely non-judgmental and inviting style, she weaves gripping, real world stories and case studies with fascinating scientific research to reveal how minds, hearts and behaviors change. You’ll learn how to talk to skeptics who may not realize how deep our bias problem goes and what you can do to build an anti-bias alliance at work and in your community. Jessica will also show you how understanding the past equips us to change the present, how combating bias connects us to others (and ourselves) and how we can put to use her powerful tools for creating a fairer future without bias.

Jessica’s presentation equips audiences with both knowledge and wisdom—knowledge about how bias works and affects our lives, and the wisdom needed to confront our own biases and create more equitable teams, organizations and communities. You’ll leave inspired, empowered and armed with actionable tips that you can put into practice today, tomorrow and this week to fight bias right where you are.

Workshop #1

Title: Feeling Seen, Heard and Respected in Healthcare Professions Education: Effective Communication Skills to Respond to Microaggressions

Presenter: Nan Cochran MD


By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Use active listening to elicit and understand different perspectives.
  2. Describe the three levels of difficult conversations.
  3. Recognize the value of emotional self-management in difficult conversations.
  4. Recognize and address implicit attitudes and biases in yourself and others.
  5. Practice communication skills for inclusion and allyship.

Description: While we wish that bias and discrimination and bias did not exist in our medical training environments, conscious and unconscious biases often manifest as microaggressions, subtle acts of exclusion against trainees, providers and patients. Microaggressions go beyond verbal abuse and may include general disrespect, devaluation and even the exclusion of targeted individuals. ​They are experienced commonly by medical students who are BIPOC, female, those who identify as LGBTQ and who live with disabilities, among other groups. In the past, microaggressions have often been ignored and their adverse impact minimized.

The goal of these workshops is to empower medical trainees to recognize and constructively respond to microaggressions they experience and/or witness, and to recognize and decrease their own biases.

In order to transform our medical culture to one which values diversity, inclusivity and belonging, we need to learn to speak up. Failure to recognize and respond effectively to microaggressions is often due to lack of awareness, lack of self-confidence to speak up, lack of role modeling and inadequate communication skills. You will be given the opportunity to learn and practice skills to engage constructively in these difficult conversations, with coaching and feedback by trained facilitators in small, psychologically-safe groups. Students who have gone through the training report a greater self-confidence and empowerment and increased ability to speak up when it is safe to do so.

Workshop #2

Title: Using Simulation to Promote Health Equity and Mitigate Bias

Presenter: Kellie Bryant DNP, WHNP, CHSE, FAAN, Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs & Simulation at the Columbia University School of Nursing/Associate Professor


At the end of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  1. Discuss the effects of racial disparities and implicit bias in health care.
  2. Demonstrate strategies to mitigate bias.
  3. Develop a simulation activity to promote health equity and cultural awareness.

Description: Health inequity has been well documented as a public health crisis. However, it has recently garnered increased attention due to the health disparities brought to light during the COVID-19 pandemic. An important strategy for addressing health disparities and bias is to start with educating our current and future healthcare providers. Although health equity is a common theme that institutions strive to achieve, educators may not feel comfortable or have resources for broaching topics around diversity, equity and inclusion. Simulation is an ideal teaching modality for learners to navigate through complex scenarios around racism, discrimination and bias. Learners can practice a variety of scenarios such as providing care to diverse patient populations to managing situations where learners witness discrimination in the clinical setting.  Developing scenarios that incorporate topics such as social determinants of health allows learners to identify their own privileges, biases and lived experiences and the effect on the care they provide to patients. This presentation will focus on developing scenarios that address health inequities, creating an inclusive learning environment and identifying strategies for mitigating bias.

Workshop #3

(must bring a laptop for this workshop)

Title: A Health Equity Simulation-based Experience

Presenters: Marjorie Lee White MD, MPPM, MA, Jessica Williams PhD, MPH, Chrystal Rutledge MD, Michelle Brown PhD, MS, MLS


  1. Recognize implicit bias in the healthcare setting in a screen-based simulation.
  2. Identify health inequities and connect to social determinants of health.
  3. Discuss opportunities to change behavior related to health equity.

Description: The Health Equity Simulation is an In Silico, computer-based simulation intended to provide students and practicing healthcare professionals the opportunity to understand health equity and implicit bias. Health inequity is one of the most vexing problems we face in delivering healthcare, and health care providers may not be fully aware of the ways in which inequity is manifested during care delivery. One of the driving forces behind inequitable care is the everyday implicit bias that each of us holds, based on our culture and lived experiences. This simulation intends to provide a disruptive experience that can be used to educate and prompt discussion around biases in care delivery. The objective of this learning tool is to give practicing and future healthcare professionals an opportunity to increase empathy around and understanding of implicit bias in healthcare.

Workshop #4

Title: Integrating Diversity Considerations Into Your Simulation-Based Experiences and Center

Presenters: Matt D. Charnetski MSMS, NRP, CHSOS, CHSE and Kim Leighton PhD, RN, CHSE, CHSOS, ANEF, FSSH, FAAN


  1. Describe cultural and diversity issues and their relationship to simulation spaces and education.
  2. Discuss the importance of cultural and diversity considerations in healthcare simulation and the effects this work can produce educationally and professionally.
  3. Collaborate with colleagues and individuals with some expertise on ways to enhance diversity, equity, inclusion and being on the simulation team, with learners, and with future patients.

Description: Diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice have received increased attention lately. Conceptually important, practical and functional integration into simulation spaces and curriculum is often left to local initiative and imagination. In this interactive workshop discuss current and relevant issues in a safe space. Then, focusing on those issues, collaborate with colleagues and individuals with expertise to find focused solutions.