Medical Schools Must train students in recognizing implicit bias

September 20, 2019

Disability Justice, Legislative, Medical Access, News

NYLPI’s Senior Attorney for Disability Justice Christopher Schuyler gave testimony this week before New York City Council’s Committee On Hospitals, in support of Resolution 512, which is calling on New York State to mandate medical schools to train its students in recognizing implicit bias.

Implicit bias has been shown to have a negative effect on the delivery of medical care to certain marginalized groups, including people with disabilities.

“Patients with disabilities experience greater barriers to health care than patients without disabilities,” said Christopher. “Among the reasons for this disparity are the implicit biases held by medical providers. Training medical students in identifying implicit bias, as called for in Resolution 512, is a critical step to elevate the quality of medical care available for patients with disabilities.”

It’s important that people with disabilities are included in the resolution, and you can read the full text of Christopher’s testimony here, and video is available (at the 2:38 mark) here. The Resolution itself is available for download here.

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