Becoming Active Bystanders and Advocates: Teaching Medical Students to Respond to Bias in the Clinical Setting

Date of Review: May, 2023

This resource from MedEdPOTAL describes a 50 min workshop for medical students in their core clinical clerkships that teaches a framework in how to address incidents of bias and microagressions in the clinical setting. The workshop begins with a brief didactic review of relevant terminology and review of a behavioral framework to address bias modified from “Green Dot 3 D’s and Kimberly Manning’s lecture/ up stander training.” The lecture is followed by case-based learning where students were asked to apply the framework using two to three written cases. All materials from the workshops are readily available in the appendices and include facilitator guides.  making this easy to implement and can be incorporated into any orientation for medical students prior to starting their clerkships. I think the only limitation whether the curriculum was effective at its goal in increasing student response and advocacy in situations of bias or micro aggressions since they only assessed self-reported knowledge and confidence. — Anna Marie Young, MD (edited by Ashti Doobay-Persaud)

Corresponding Author’s Email:


Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Where was the Curriculum Implemented:

Nashville, TN

Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Learner Satisfaction or reaction

Self-reported learner attitude

Self-reported learner knowledge

Outcome and Study Design:


Level of Learner Assessment

Appreciation of content/attitude assessment (self-reflection, blogging with rubric)

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

(your message will only be visible after moderation)