Tools for Discussing Identity and Privilege Among Medical Students, Trainees, and Faculty

Date of Review: June, 2020

This resource, from MedEdPORTAL, provides workshop tools for promoting medical learners to reflect on the development of social and professional identities. Medical students, faculty/staff, and residents/fellows were taught to increase awareness and acknowledgment of social identities through the use of an identity wheel activity, a group reading about professional identity formation, and a modeling social inequity activity. Four workshops were implemented over a period of 6 months within the medical school cultural and social determinants curriculum. The curriculum is useful because it also allows for outcomes to be reported and is relatively easy to incorporate as course material into a medical student curriculum. However, a faculty member with subject matter expertise would be needed to implement this session or a facilitator guide and supplemental training would need to be developed. –Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


University of Utah School of Medicine

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Self-reported learner attitude

Self-reported learner knowledge

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Level of Learner Assessment:

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

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