Curriculum

This curriculum supports Workforce Development, one of OIHE’s four core initiatives. Continuing Education (CE) or Professional Development (PD) credits may be available for some courses.

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Group Curriculum

1. General Overview - Blind Spots and Unconscious Bias: “No, Not Me!”

  • Format: In-person training/ virtual
  • Time: 50-60 minutes
  • Audience: all VUMC (faculty, house staff, residents, clinicians, nurses, non-clinical staff)
  • Professional Development: Eligible (CE/PD)

Learning objectives

  • Provide and discuss scientific support for UCB and the human brain
  • Recognize that to be human is to have bias
  • Understand that an individual's background informs the way they see the world
  • Provide practical strategies to lessen the impact of bias in everyday life

2. Everyday Bias in Healthcare

  • Format: In-person training / virtual
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Audience: all VUMC (faculty, house staff, residents, clinicians, nurses, non-clinical staff)
  • Professional Development: Eligible (CE/PD)
  • Cook Ross Program

Learning objectives

  • Discuss research and science of unconscious bias and the human brain
  • Recognize that no one is immune to unconscious bias
  • Understand that one’s background impacts views and perspective. 
  • Suggest strategies to reduce or mitigate unconscious bias in your everyday functioning

3. Cultural Competency: Quality Interactions (QI) "Rescue" Module

  • Format: online access available 24/7 - VUMC Learning Exchange for individual administration, or group (in-person) administration upon request.
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Audience: Front-line patient care, clinical and non-clinical employees throughout the VUMC enterprise
  • Professional Development: CE/PD Credit N/A

Learning objectives

  • Learn via case-based instruction on cross-cultural health care, specifically using patient and family centered approaches
  • Practice real-life scenarios that require learners to solve problems while gaining specific feedback

4. Training: The Big Decision: Bias in Hiring Practices

  • Format: In-person training
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Audience: VUMC people leaders and managers
  • Professional Development: CE/PD Credit N/A
  • Cook Ross Program

Learning objectives

  • Recognize personal unconscious biases
  • Practice strategies and tools to create systemic change

5. Respect at Work: Eliminating Sexual Harassment

  • Format: In-person and virtual training
  • Time: 50-60 minutes
  • Audience: Open to all VUMC
  • Professional Development: Credits N/A

Learning objective

Ongoing series to train groups and individuals on subjects related to respect and inclusion in the workplace

6. Specialized Group Training

Requested based on identified needs

  • Format: Didactics, seminars, lectures, small group workshops, or special related projects
  • Time: Varies
  • Audience: Varies; Open to all VUMC
  • Professional Development: CE/PD Credit TBD

Learning objective

Ongoing opportunities to assist groups or individuals with unconscious bias or cultural competency concepts

7. Consultative Services

  • Format: Grand Rounds, MM&I sessions, Leadership meetings, etc.
  • Time: Varies
  • Audience: Open to all VUMC
  • Professional Development: CE/PD Credit TBD

Learning objectives

Varies depending on content and audience

8 ”Let’s Talk!”

  • Format: Round table discussion, lunch and learn meetings, coffee klatch sessions, etc.
  • Time: 30-45 minutes
  • Audience: Varies; Open to all VUMC
  • Professional Development: CE/PD Credit TBD

Topics

  • Racism in healthcare
  • Safety in the workplace
  • Microaggressions
  • Navigating difficult conversations

Learning objectives

Varies based on content and audience

9. Refresher “Booster Shot” Course

  • Format: In-Person training
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Audience: Closed to VUMC search committees 
  • Professional Development: CE/PD Credit N/A

Learning objectives

Refresher course on topics regarding bias in hiring practices

10. Strategic Planning Sessions

  • Format: In-person/ virtual
  • Time: Based on needs
  • Audience: Department specific
  • Professional Development: CE/PD Credit TBD

Learning objectives

Varies depending on content and audience

11. Respect @ Work: Partners in Respect (PiR)

  • Format: Virtual training
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Audience: Open to all VUMC
  • Professional Development: CE/PD Credit N/A

Learning objectives

As part of a larger conversation about a respectful workplace culture at VUMC, this session provides support for our Credo behaviors and a respectful workplace. This Bystander Intervention Workshop focuses on teaching leaders and staff the steps they can take to maintain a workplace culture at VUMC that is welcoming, inclusive, respectful and productive.

12. Individual Online Courses through Percipio

  • Format: online access available 24/7
  • VUMC Human Resources website for individual administration
  • Time: Roughly 60 minutes
  • Audience: Open to all VUMC
  • Professional Development: CE/PD Credit NA

Learning objectives

Varies by module

A. Understanding Unconscious Bias (UCB)

Total time: 18 minutes

  • Understanding UCB 
  • What is UCB 
  • Biases that Result of Making Assumptions 
  • Seeking Confirmation of our Biases 
  • Biases that Arise from Fixation 
  • Addressing Bias to Benefit the Workplace 
  • Knowledge Check Test: Exploring UCB

Learning objectives

  • Recognize key characteristics of unconscious bias
  • Match assumption-based unconscious biases to their description
  • Categorize examples of confirmation-based unconscious biases
  • Distinguish between unconscious biases related to fixation
  • Recognize how addressing unconscious bias can benefit the workplace

B. Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Total time: 22 minutes

  • Overcoming UCB in the Workplace 
  • How Differences Relate to UCB 
  • Subtle Signs of UCB 
  • Using Micro-affirmations to Combat UCB 
  • Leading an Organization to Overcome UCB 
  • Overcoming UCB in the Hiring Process 
  • Systems to Combat Organizational 
  • Knowledge Check Test: Combating Organizational Bias

Learning objectives

  • Identify the types of differences that can contribute to unconscious bias in an organization
  • Recognize subtle signs of unconscious bias in an organization
  • Recognize examples of micro-affirmations in the workplace
  • Recognize how to lead an organization to overcome unconscious bias
  • Identify strategies for overcoming unconscious bias in the hiring process
  • Recognize systems that can be put in place to combat organizational bias

C. Expert Insights on Unconscious Bias

Total time: 21 minutes

  • Unconscious Bias 
  • Dealing with UCB 
  • Check your Biases 
  • Personality and Bias 
  • Gender Bias
  • Put Bias in Neutral 
  • Acknowledge UCB to Make Better Decisions 
  • Microaggressions 

Learning objectives

  • Acquire insights on the pros and cons of UCB.
  • Understand importance of recognizing and accepting bias.
  • Learn how making decisions in a rushed manner can lead to personal biases.
  • Gain insights on how to overcome bias toward personality type.
  • Acquire insights regarding societal gender biases
  • Obtain Insights on how to shift personal biases into the neutral position.
  • Learn how being aware of unconscious bias improves your ability to make good decisions.
  • Understanding different types and implications of microaggressions