Getting to Equity: Dismantling Racism in Medicine, from Unconscious Bias to Institutional Policy

Course description

Time: 12-1 p.m

Join us for a webinar that will explore the root causes of health inequities, with particular attention to contemporary manifestations of racism in medicine. Dr. Emily Cleveland Manchanda will introduce foundational topics in health equity, including race as a social construct, unconscious (implicit) bias, microaggressions, privilege and institutional racism. We will conclude by considering strategies for addressing bias and advancing equity within our spheres of influence.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between addressing individual health needs and structural drivers of health
  • Define key health equity terms, including race, racism, privilege, implicit (unconscious) bias, white supremacy and institutional racism
  • Identify opportunities to advance equity and address racism in medical education/academic medical institutions

Target audience

Physician and clinician policyholders


There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

CME information

ISMS logo This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company. The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of [node:course-credit:ama:max] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Illinois Nurse Practice Act rules deem CME credit provided by approved sponsors as acceptable to fulfill nursing continuing education requirements for licensure. Nurses may claim one contact hour per unit of CME in the state of Illinois.

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