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Minnesota: Characterizing Systemic Bias in Health Care

Experiencing instances of bias, such as racism, is known to influence the satisfaction and mental health of health care professional trainees and faculty in medical schools. To learn more, University of Minnesota School of Public Health researchers investigated reports anonymously submitted by medical students detailing the characteristics of bias and its results in academic medical settings. Their findings were recently published in The Journal of the National Medical Association.

The researchers gathered data from SystemicDisease.com, which is a website created by medical students to report instances of bias as well as provide them with resources for responding to it.

The study found:

“Our findings call for increased attention to the impact of bias-related incidents in academic medical settings,” said senior author, Dr. Rachel Hardeman, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health. “Assessment of institutional climate should be an ongoing and iterative process that acknowledges and challenges harmful attitudes.”

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