Planning for diverse, equitable, inclusive research in health professions education: An integral thread in the ARMED MedEd research course

the Emergency Medicine Health Professions Education Research Consortium (EMPERC)

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Abstract

Racism in medicine affects patients, trainees, and practitioners and contributes to health care inequities. An effective strategy to actively oppose the structural racism ingrained in the fabric of medicine is to intentionally and systematically address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in medical education and research. As part of ARMED MedEd, a new longitudinal cohort course in advanced research methods in medical education, sponsored by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the leadership team deliberately included a nested DEI curriculum. The goal of the DEI curriculum is to reduce bias in development, recruitment, and implementation of education research studies to promote equity and inclusion in medical education, research, and ultimately, patient care. A team of medical educators with expertise in DEI developed curricular elements focusing on DEI in education research. The two major components are a didactic curriculum (including implicit bias training) to teach researchers to consider equity as they design studies and a consultative service to refine research protocols to address lingering unintended bias. A dedicated focus on DEI can be incorporated into an advanced education research methodology course to raise awareness and provide tools to avoid bias in research design and implementation of interventions. Over time, the network of education researchers who are trained in DEI awareness will grow and provide equitable offerings to their learners to mitigate health inequities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S82-S86
JournalAEM Education and Training
Volume5
Issue numberS1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • continuing education
  • curriculum
  • faculty development
  • health care disparities
  • medical education
  • racism
  • research design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Education
  • Emergency

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