Project Implicit – Understand Your Own Biases

Part of WIN’s mission is to increase the number of women in the field of interventional cardiology. The goal is not only to assist female physicians in fulfilling their own professional goals, but to assist in diversifying the cardiology workforce (in which women are woefully underrepresented). WIN’s belief is that a more diverse workforce will allow for a diversified and effective approach to the care of different patient populations. Specifically, a more effective approach to the diagnosis and treatment of women with heart disease.

At a healthcare disparities hearing on Capitol Hill this morning, Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Deputy Director of the National Insitutes of Health (NIH) noted that the NIH is working to diversify its own workforce. He emphasized that diversifying the workforce of any organization is vital to its success, and suggested that as individuals we all carry our own, unrealized biases into our work places. Biased thinking can lead to slowed progress at best and discrimination at worst, and is clearly something to actively try to avoid.

In his talk, Dr. Tabak made mention of a Harvard-based program called Project Implicit. Project Implicit was born out of the theory that people don’t always “know their minds,” and that this lack of understanding can lead to unintended biased decision making.  Visit the site and take the Implicit Association Test to uncover your own biases. You might be surprised at what you find.

 

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