The Importance Of Role Models

In our previous post, we talked about the importance of eliminating “implicit bias” in healthcare through more culturally sensitive training for healthcare practitioners. Today’s post is just a quick addition to the thought. Check this out. A simple idea here. That is, in eliminating implicit bias, based on race, sex, etc., it is essential to have in place role models that are diverse. When we say the word “Doctor,” we want the listener to be as likely to picture a person of color or a woman as they are to flash on a nice, white “Marcus Welby, MD.”  

Bottom Line. As was noted in the previous post, there is still a paucity of racial minorities in the physician ranks. Therefore, is essential to get these practitioners out and visible to the community, as role models, as an important part of our efforts to eliminate implicit bias.  

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