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Day: Saturday 27 August
Time: 1300-1600 in Timezone UTC – 5 (New York time)
Venue: Online workshop

Title: Developing OSCE Stations that Address Racism and Other Biases

Presenters: Elizabeth Kachur1, Dennis Novack2, Lisa Altshuler3, Indranil Chakrabarti4
1 Medical Education Development, Global Consulting/Maimonides Medical Center, New York, USA
2 Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA
3 NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New York, USA
4 Drexel University College of Medicine, Chambersburg, PA, USA

Background: Recent events have highlighted the need for equipping clinicians with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to successfully manage racism- and bias-related issues with patients, families and colleagues. OSCEs have proven to be effective and efficient training tools for addressing complex interpersonal situations. After the station encounter, learners can receive multi-source feedback and debrief with colleagues and faculty about best practice strategies. Over the years a variety of OSCE stations that address racism and other biases have been developed.  They can be categorized as focusing on patient encounters (e.g., sequelae of historic racism), encounters with colleagues (e.g., confronting racist behaviours in others), and managing bias and microaggressions when learners themselves are the target (e.g., rejection of care providers because of their personal characteristics).  These are difficult stations for everyone involved, but with adequate post-encounter debriefing they can help learners develop strategies to better master such noxious situations in the future.  This Pre-Conference Workshop will address the pros and cons of each station type to help participants create OSCE stations that fit the needs of their particular programs.
Who Should Participate: Professionals involved in developing OSCE stations and/or diversity and inclusion training
Structure of Workshop: Welcome & introductions; Challenges regarding teaching about racism and bias (discussion in small groups, report to large group); Racism and bias-related OSCE station types (presentation with video, Q&A); Matching station type with curriculum needs (case discussion in small groups, report to large group, polling for best matches); Drafting a bias-related OSCE station (brainstorming in small groups, presentation of station drafts to large group, discussion of opportunities & challenges); Summary, take-home points & program evaluation
Intended Outcomes: By the end of the presentation attendees should be able to:

  • Describe several types of OSCE stations that address racism and other biases

  • Appreciate the sensitive nature of bias-related stations for learners, simulated patients and faculty

  • Discuss opportunities and challenges inherent in OSCE stations that are partially personalized to individual learners

  • Adjust stations to optimize learning but avoid stereotyping

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