How Patient and Physician Race-Based Attitudes Influence Clinical Communication

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Date: September 16, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: ZOOM
Category: Other

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The Wayne State University School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development welcomes all members of our community to join us for a special four-part workshop series on Implicit Bias:

"How Patient and Physician Race-Based Attitudes Influence Clinical Communication" 

In the first session of this 4-part workshop series we will 1) describe the science and measurement of implicit bias, 2) demonstrate the specific physician behaviors that have been found to be associated with implicit bias, and 3) provide training on a patient-driven patient-centered communication as a way to mitigate the influence of implicit bias. 

 Learning Objectives:  

  • To understand the science and measurement of implicit bias research 
  • To understand how implicit bias can negatively influence human behavior with a focus on decision making and communication behavior with patients. 
  • To articulate evidence-based strategies to mitigate the influence of implicit bias on decision making and behavior. 
**This session meets the state mandate for implicit bias training and includes one hour of training.**


Basim Dubaybo, M.D.
Vice Dean

Beena G. Sood, M.D., M.S. 
Professor of Pediatrics

Workshop Facilitators:

Lauren Hamel, Ph.D., Dr. Lauren M. Hamel is an associate professor and scientific member of the Population Studies and Disparities Research Program at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Hamel is an expert in patient-physician communication, cancer treatment disparities, and in building and testing interventions to improve patient physician communication. She has published her work in 30+ articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Cancer, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and JCO Oncology Practice. 

Dr. Susan Eggly, Ph.D., Dr. Susan Eggly is a Professor in the Department of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine and a Scientist in the Population Studies and Disparities Program at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. She received her Ph.D. in communication studies at Wayne State University. As a communication scientist and health behavior researcher, Dr. Eggly’s research focuses on developing a better understanding and improving patient-physician communication as a way to improve physical and psychosocial health outcomes for patients and their families. Most of Dr. Eggly’s research involves the systematic analysis of real-time video recordings of clinical interactions with physicians, patients, and patients’ companions, and a true hallmark of her work is her ability to collaborate across disciplines and make creative connections. 

The Wayne State University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Wayne State University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

September 2021