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Session 6: "Ensuring Fairness in Medical Regulation: Can Implicit Bias Be Overcome?" (Dec. 16, 2020)

This webinar was recorded on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, and expires on December 16, 2021. 


About the Webinar
Research has shown that implicit bias is prevalent among health care professionals, it has harmful effects on patient health, and it is a contributing factor to health disparities. As medical regulators, we strive for impartiality and justice in our work, but do we have the capacity to be truly objective? What are the unseen barriers to achieving justice? During this session, Dr. Bryant Marks will discuss the concept of implicit bias, describe how it can manifest in medical regulation and the dangers it poses to fair outcomes.

About the Faculty
Bryant T. Marks Sr., PhD, is a minister, researcher, trainer, and award-winning educator who has provided diversity, equity, and inclusion training for eighteen years. His personal and professional mission is to develop the knowledge, wisdom, and skills of others that will allow them to reach their full potential and live their lives with purpose and passion.

Dr. Marks is the Founding Director of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity and is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Morehouse College. He served on President Obama’s Board of Advisors with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and as Senior Advisor with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Marks was a contributor/trainer with the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and 21st Century Policing programs.

Dr. Marks has provided implicit bias training to more than 2,000 police chiefs and executives via a series of briefings at the White House in 2016, and several thousand patrol officers in local police departments, including the entire Los Angeles Police Department. He has also provided training related to diversity and implicit bias to individuals in education (K-12 and higher education), philanthropy, non-profits, local and federal government, and several other sectors.

Dr. Marks conducts research and professional development in the areas of diversity and implicit bias, Black male psychology and development, the academic achievement of minority college students, innovations in STEM education, and personal passion and productivity. He serves on several national boards and is a highly sought-after speaker and trainer.

Dr. Marks received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in economics, from Morehouse College; and a master’s degree and PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan.

About the Moderator
Cheryl Walker-McGill, MD, MBA, Chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards, is a board-certified allergist and internist dedicated to creating strategies for improving health and healthcare outcomes in diverse communities. She is a medical director at Carolina Complete Health, Centene in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. Walker-McGill has served on faculty at the Northwestern University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She is also an adjunct professor at the Wingate Graduate School of Business in Charlotte. Dr. Walker-McGill has significant experience in population health, clinical medicine, occupational health and wellness, quality improvement, qualitative and quantitative study and education. Her activities have included developing and implementing quality improvement initiatives for patients with asthma and COPD and conducting physician education workshops on developing strategies for improving outcomes in high-risk patient populations.

Dr. Walker-McGill received undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University and completed her residency and subspecialty training at Northwestern University. She received an MBA from the University of Chicago. Honored as a pioneer by the Duke University Baldwin Scholars Program, Dr. Walker-McGill is a recipient of the Chicago Public School System Distinguished Achievement in Asthma Education Award and the NMA Floyd J. Malveaux Award in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Target Audience
The Federation of State Medical Boards' Annual Meeting as well as the Virtual Education Program are designed specifically for members and staff of state medical and osteopathic boards, as well as individuals interested in medical licensing, regulation and discipline.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define implicit bias.
  • Recognize how implicit bias may manifest in medical regulation.
  • Describe how biases negatively impact patient care and the dangers it poses to fair outcomes.
  • Develop strategies that can be used to minimize the impact of implicit bias in decision-making.

Accreditation Statement
The Federation of State Medical Boards is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statements
The Federation of State Medical Boards designates this internet enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Federation of State Medical Boards certifies that non-physicians will receive an attendance certificate stating they participated in the activity that was designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

The American Osteopathic Association designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 of AOA Category 2-B credits.

Disclosure Declaration
As an organization accredited by the ACCME, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) requires that the content of CME activities and related materials provide balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. Planning must be free of the influence or control of a commercial entity and promote improvements or quality in healthcare. All persons in the position to control the content of an education activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients.

The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. The FSMB has implemented a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to the activity. The intent of this policy is to identify potential conflicts of interest so participants can form their own judgments with full disclosure of the facts. Participants will be asked to evaluate whether the speaker’s outside interests reflect a possible bias in the planning or presentation of the activity.

The speakers, course director and planners at the Federation of State Medical Boards, have nothing to disclose.

System Requirements
In order to view this presentation, your computer must have audio capabilities (working speakers or headphones) and must have an internet browser capable of playing an HTML5 video.

Instructions for Participants and Obtaining CME Credit
There is no fee for this activity. To receive credit and receive their certificates, participants must view this CME activity in its entirety and complete the evaluation. The estimated time for completion of this activity is 1 hour.