The good people at Stanford University have developed a fantastic online course on Unconscious Bias in Medicine. It takes about 30-60 minutes to complete and it’s packed with high-quality evidence about the measurable impact of unconscious bias in the workplace.
I was pleased to recognise some of the healthcare-focussed articles we’ve been referencing at WIN- including Jagsi’s work on the gender pay gap in medicine.
After exploring how unconscious bias ‘works’, the course provides some really practical suggestions for disrupting unconscious bias in the workplace
Ask team members to articulate reasons for their choices. This helps the team move beyond ‘first impressions’ or ‘gut instinct’
Appoint a ‘devil’s advocate’ to present an opposing view in meetings.
When selecting people for a role or professional opportunity, establish clear, relevant selection criteria first, and use ‘blinded’ selection processes wherever possible.
Encourage your team to complete it today!