Implicit Bias in Medical Education and Practice: Insights from a Pandemic Doctor & Researcher (with Dr. Cristina Gonzalez, Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

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Dr. Cristina Gonzalez, Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, joins Innovators to talk about implicit bias in education and how schools can combat it when selecting and elevating students.

In 2011, Dr. Gonzalez's leadership was recognized nationally through the Unified Leadership Training in Diversity Award from the Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine. In 2016, Dr. Gonzalez was one of five educators selected as a Macy Faculty Scholar from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Dr. Gonzalez's work was also funded by the Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, making her only the second education researcher chosen as a scholar in that program's 30-year history.

Dr. Cristina Gonzalez’s research interests focus on health disparities and advocacy education. Specifically, she focuses on undergraduate medical education both in the clinical realm and in the preclinical years, including teaching about health disparities and giving learners the tools to overcome health and health care disparities in their own clinical encounters and expose them to avenues of advocacy to help patient populations at large. In 2011 Dr. Gonzalez's leadership was recognized nationally through the Unified Leadership Training in Diversity Award from the Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine. An active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine, she has contributed to the efforts of the Disparities Task Force and has served as Chair of Minorities in Medicine Interest Group since 2010.

In 2011 she was named the Associate Director of the Institute of Community and Collaborative Health at Einstein, in recognition of her dedication to minority health and diversity enhancement in academic medicine. Most recently, she was selected as a Scholar in the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This four-year award will enable her to continue to pursue her research in the instruction of recognition and management of implicit bias in clinical encounters.

Dr. Gonzalez completed her medical education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and her internal medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical Center. In 2010 Dr. Gonzalez was awarded a Faculty Development Fellowship through Einstein’s Hispanic Center of Excellence, through which she earned a Master’s Degree in Medical Education in August of 2012. In 2011 she was selected for the Stanford Faculty Development Program and is now trained as a facilitator for Clinical Teaching seminars.

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