Charlotte Baker - Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Health science education is undergoing a revolution towards utilizing small group teaching settings to provide students with opportunities to apply basic science principles to clinical cases. These sessions may include traditional problem-based learning, clinical skills groups, case-based applications and other approaches. Inherent in these approaches is the important educational value of individual socialization. In an inclusive learning setting, diversity among students and faculty working together in close proximity heightens and enriches the learning experience. However, the existence of implicit and even explicit bias can sabotage the learning environment by disenfranchising individuals. As medical learners and educators, we have the shared goal of fostering an inclusive learning environment. To that end, this webinar will highlight real-world examples of bias and micro-aggressions that could occur in the small group setting. These examples will not only be demonstrated and discussed but subsequently followed by constructive strategies faculty and students can use to address bias in the learning environment. Using role-play and interactive discussions, this webinar will help equip faculty and students with the tools needed to foster a welcoming, healthy, and productive learning environment.