Limiting Implicit Bias Training

November 3, 2021
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
Lewis Center, OH

COVID-19 Mitigation Statement

Implicit bias has been demonstrated as pervasive among all health care providers and as having deleterious effects on patient health. However, formal medical education and training curriculum is often void of content that provides a framework for identifying and mitigating implicit biases in clinical practice. Faculty that actively seek to incorporate the topic are often faced with barriers, such as a limited number of subject matter experts that can provide instruction, lack of opportunities where participants can observe and demonstrate mitigation strategies in practice, and lack of opportunities to engage with patients who can share experiences of encountering implicit bias in clinical settings.

The primary goal of this training was to promote awareness of implicit bias among the entire health care team and to provide resources for mitigating the negative effects of implicit bias on patient care. The core components included an overview describing what implicit bias is and how it operates, specifically in the health care setting, and tools for self-assessment and strategies that can be used to mitigate biases within the clinic and or health care system. Training activities included self-assessments, application of skills to case study examples, small group discussions, and the development of an implementation plan.

The training also included a component that addressed how participants could turn what they have learned into a quality improvement project to earn valuable American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) performance improvement (PI) credit for their family medicine certification.

Upon completion of the training, attendees had:
  • Increased knowledge about the science of implicit bias and how it effects patient health
  • Increased self-awareness of existing implicit biases and a demonstration of commitment to incorporating mitigation strategies into practice
  • Increased understanding of how to incorporate health-equity improvement strategies into practice that will qualify for ABFM PI credit.
Note: Each registrant received a copy of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Implicit Bias Training Participant Guide with instructions to complete Harvard’s online Implicit Association Test (IAT).

Schedule of Events & Training Agenda*

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. OAFP Board of Directions Registration & Breakfast
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. OAFP Board of Directors Meeting
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Speakers: Teresa Zryd, MD, MSPH, FAAFP, President – OAFP; Warren Jones, MD, FAAFP, Past-President-AAFP and Chief Health Officer for Hampton University in Hampton, VA; and Danielle Jones, PhD, MPH, Director – AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equityfake text for space fake text for space fake text for space

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Creating a Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment
Speaker: Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP – AAFP Board Chair and Associate Dean for Students Affairs and Admission at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OHfake text for space fake text for space

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. The Science Behind Implicit Bias and Patient Outcomes
Speaker: Mark McLoney, MD, Director – LGBTQI+ Pride Network, MetroHealth, Cleveland, OHfake

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Strategies to Mitigate Implicit Bias in Clinical Practice
Speaker: Christen Johnson, MD, MPH – AAFP Health Equity Fellow and family physician at Heart of Ohio, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Columbus, OHfake text

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Small Test of Change Can Make Big Improvements – Make it Count!
Speaker: Ryan Kauffman, MD, FAAFP, OAFP CME Planning Committee Chair and founder of Hickory Medical Direct Primary Care in Bellefontaine, OH
  • Reflect on what has been gained today and what gap in care can be improved
  • Understand how to utilize the ABFM’s simple, Self-Directed Pathway to fulfill a Maintenance of Certification requirement and improve health equity in practice.
3:45- 4:00 p.m. Course Evaluation and Wrap-Up
Speakers: Danielle Jones, PhD, MPH, Director – AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equity and Warren Jones, MD, FAAFP, Past-President-AAFP and Chief Health Officer for Hampton University in Hampton, VA

*Schedule subject to change.

COVID-19 Mitigation Statement

At the OAFP, our members, partners, and employees are our highest priorities. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and are taking precautionary measures to keep our event participants safe.

The OAFP is following guidance from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding group gatherings, including CDC recommendations to practice hand hygiene, social distancing, and to wear a face covering during indoor events – regardless of vaccination status.

At this time, our Limiting Implicit Bias Training will take place as planned, with the following protocols in place:
  • Limiting registration numbers and modifying the room layout to allow participants to maintain six feet distance between themselves and others
  • Encouraging all attendees and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending
  • Asking attendees to perform a personal health screening prior to travel, and if cancellation is needed, the OAFP will provide a full refund
  • Requiring masks or personal face covering for all participants, OAFP staff, and hotel personnel in all public areas and the conference ballroom
  • Providing hand sanitizer and materials for attendees to disinfect their personal seating area
  • Offering meal options that limit food interaction by attendees
  • Requiring enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices from the event venue.

The OAFP will continue to monitor the situation, providing updates on this page, and contacting any registered attendees if the status of the training changes.

CME Accreditation

This live activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 4.5 Live Prescribed CME credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.


For more information on the training or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Deputy Vice President Kate Mahler, CAE, or call 800.742.7327.