Teaching About Implicit Bias Through Visual Thinking Strategies Using the Virtual Platform

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Date: February 17, 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 Interactive Discussion:

"Teaching About Implicit Bias Through Visual Thinking Strategies Using the Virtual Platform"


Ijeoma Opara, M.D., Dr. Nnodim Opara received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM) and is a graduate of Detroit Medical Center (DMC)/WSUSOM Internal Medicine-Pediatrics combined residency program, after which she served as Chief Medical Resident. Currently, she is a double-board certified Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at WSUSOM, Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency, and attending physician with Wayne State University Physician Group.

Heba Osman, D.O., Heba Osman received her undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Canada where she graduated from the Biomedical and Electrical Engineering program. She then went on to earn her medical degree from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine where she also served on the Diversity Committee aiming to improve cultural competency in medical education. She is currently in her second year of her residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. Heba has a particular interest in cardiology, healthcare disparities and global health. In addition to her residency training, she is enrolled in the Global & Urban Healthy Equity program at Wayne State University in order to develop the skills to be able to better serve her diverse urban community in Detroit and in resource-limited settings abroad. 

Sue Troia, Sue attended Wayne State University studying education and art history. She began working at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) in 1995 in the Department of Education. In 1996, Sue began travelling to Boston to train in the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) from Dr. Abigail Housen and Philip Yenawine, the researchers, and developers of VTS. Became senior trainer and lead trainer at the DIA in 2000. 

Sue leads and mentors a small cadre of trainers and coaches newer to the process. She also manages and supervises a team of professional gallery teachers who develop interactive school learning experiences.  This team, now working virtually, provides learning experiences for nearly 100,000 students in the Metro Detroit area. 


  1. To describe Visual Teaching Strategies (VTS) as an educational model
  2. To demonstrate the role of VTS in teaching about physician bias through the collaboration between the Detroit Institute of Arts and the WSUSOM Department of Internal Medicine 
  3. To highlight practical lessons for integrating VTS in medical education 

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


Kate Laimbeer


February 2021