Massachusetts Medical Society: Navigating A Complex World: The Impact of Unconscious Bias in Health Care

Navigating A Complex World: The Impact of Unconscious Bias in Health Care

Course Description Summary

Evidence shows that medical conclusions can be based just as much on who a person is as on the symptoms they present with and are linked to discriminatory outcomes. Women, racial minorities, and individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender are more vulnerable to negative forms of implicit bias. In an increasingly complex world, uncovering our unconscious biases will help us better serve our patients and lead to improved health outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Define unconscious bias
  • Discuss why recognizing unconscious bias is important
  • Review data showing how health care providers are affected by unconscious bias
  • Identify techniques to mitigate unconscious bias and how to address conscious bias

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Live Event
6:30 –7:00 PM Networking
7:00 – 8:30 PM Presentation and Q & A
Waltham Woods Conference Center
Massachusetts Medical Society 
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Faculty Presenter

SherriAnnBurnettBowieSherri-Ann M. Burnett-Bowie MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a clinical investigator in the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Endocrine Unit, where her research focuses on  skeletal and non-skeletal effects of vitamin D, and clinical trials of treatments for osteoporosis.  She cares for patients seen at the MGH Endocrine Associates and the MGH Bone Density Center.  Dr. Burnett-Bowie is an Associate Director of the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Director of Multicultural Affairs for the Department of Medicine at MGH.  Teaching and increasing diversity and inclusivity are central to her mission.

Accreditation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Risk Management Study

This live activity meets the criteria for risk management study.

Presented by the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Minority Affairs Section with endorsement from the International Medical Graduates Section, Resident and Fellow Section, Committee on LGBTQ Matters, and Committee on Young Physicians.


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