Limiting Implicit Bias Training

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

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 is 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 include 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 will include self-assessments, application of skills to case study examples, small group discussions, and the development of an implementation plan.

The training will also include a component that will addresses how participants can 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 will have:
  • 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.

Event Speakers

  • Christen Johnson, MD, MPH, AAFP Health Equity Fellow and a family physician at Heart of Ohio, a Federally Qualified Heath Center in Columbus, OH
  • Danielle Jones, MPH, Director- AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equity
  • Ryan Kauffman, MD, FAAFP, OAFP CME Planning Committee Chair and founder of Hickory Medical Direct Primary Care in Bellefontaine, OH
  • Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP, AAFP Board Chair and Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admission at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, in Dayton, OH
  • Mark McLoney, MD, Director LGBTQI+ Pride Network, MetroHealth, Cleveland, OH

Schedule of Events*

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
10:00 – 10:20 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
10:20 – Noon
Includes a 15 minute break
Evidence of Implicit Bias
  • Brains on Trial, the Neuroscience of Bias, and Bias and the Brain Videos
  • Types of Bias
  • Implicit Bias and Patient Outcomes
Increasing Self-Awareness
  • Denmark Kangaroo Orange Activity
  • IAT Discussion (Reflection on Course Pre-Work)
  • Privilege and Responsibility Curricular Exercise
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Includes a 15 minute break
Strategies to Mitigate Implicit Bias in Clinical Practice
  • Observing Bias Followed by Small Group Discussion
  • Mindfulness
  • Activating Goals that Promote Fairness and Equality (Based upon the Family Physicians Creed) Individuals will be asked to write a short description of an instance in which they failed to live up to the goals of the creed and then a positive, interpersonal experience. Time will be allotted for small group discussion.
  • Collecting Counter Stereotypical Information

Case Study Examples

Small Test of Change Can Make Big Improvements – Make it Count!
  • Reflect on what has been Gained Today and what Gap in Care can be Improved
  • Understand how to Utilize the American Board of Family Medicine’s simple, Self-Directed Pathway to fulfill a Maintenance of Certification Requirement and Improve Health Equity in Practice
4:30 p.m. Final Announcements and Adjourn

*Schedule subject to change.

Registration Fees

  • Active Member: $180
  • Resident: $130
  • Student: $130
  • Non-Member: $250


The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians has negotiated a group room rate of $139 per room, per night at the Nationwide Hotel and Training Center located at 100 Green Meadows Dr. in Lewis Center, OH . For accommodations, please call the hotel reservation desk at 614.880.4300. Please tell the reservationist you are with the OAFP in order to receive the discounted rate. The group cut-off deadline is Sunday, October 3, 2021.

CME Accreditation

Application for CME credit will be filed with the AAFP. Determination of credit is pending.


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