In this activity, students are expected to take the Harvard implicit bias test in order to confront them with their own implicit and explicit biases (which they often feel they do not have). This aims to make them better able to mitigate their relationships with patients and colleagues in their stages and future careers.
Before class, students do a reading in their course pack relating to stigmatized populations (obese patients, indigenous patients, and LGBTQ+ patients). These readings provide academic research background to compliment the lecture the teacher gives on the subject in class. Once they have discussed this theme and that of biases, students take two of the tests in the computer lab and then discuss their results with their peers in self-formed groups. Afterward, they answer a series of four questions, which feed into a discussion as a class where students can share their results and how they felt about the activity.
Finally, before leaving class, all the students submit their written answers to the questions and there is a final discussion in the following classes on the take-aways from the activity. Optionally, students can chose this activity to base one of their 5 journal entries for the course, discussing the way this may have changed their views and informed them.
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