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Acad Med. 2017 Nov;92(11S Association of American Medical Colleges Learn Serve Lead: Proceedings of the 56th Annual Research in Medical Education Sessions):S1-S6. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001928.

Commentary: Racism and Bias in Health Professions Education: How Educators, Faculty Developers, and Researchers Can Make a Difference.

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R. Karani is senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education and curricular affairs and professor of medical education, medicine and geriatrics and palliative medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York. L. Varpio is associate professor, Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. W. May is director and professor, Clinical Skills Education and Evaluation Center, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, California. T. Horsley is associate director, Research Unit, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. J. Chenault is associate professor, Reference Department, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. K.H. Miller is 2017 chair, Research in Medical Education Program Planning Committee, and associate professor of graduate medical education, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky. B. O'Brien is associate professor, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.


The Research in Medical Education (RIME) Program Planning Committee is committed to advancing scholarship in and promoting dialogue about the critical issues of racism and bias in health professions education (HPE). From the call for studies focused on underrepresented learners and faculty in medicine to the invited 2016 RIME plenary address by Dr. Camara Jones, the committee strongly believes that dismantling racism is critical to the future of HPE.The evidence is glaring: Dramatic racial and ethnic health disparities persist in the United States, people of color remain deeply underrepresented in medical school and academic health systems as faculty, learner experiences across the medical education continuum are fraught with bias, and current approaches to teaching perpetuate stereotypes and insufficiently challenge structural inequities. To achieve racial justice in HPE, academic medicine must commit to leveraging positions of influence and contributing from these positions. In this Commentary, the authors consider three roles (educator, faculty developer, and researcher) represented by the community of scholars and pose potential research questions as well as suggestions for advancing educational research relevant to eliminating racism and bias in HPE.

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