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Episode 197: WDx #13 – Macro/microaggressions

Dr. Titer, Dr. Williams, Maani and Lindsey discuss macro/microaggressions in the clinical setting. 

Dr. KeAndrea Titer

Dr. KeAndrea Titer is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. She went on to earn her medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California. She completed her residency and chief residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program. Her academic interests include physical exam-focused medical education where she co-directs the Enhanced Clinical Skills Residency Track and serves as Investigator for the AMA Reimagining Residency Grant awarded to John Hopkins, Stanford, and UAB focused on studying clinical skills as it relates to resident wellness. She is also passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and serves as the Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program where she works to design initiatives and curriculum focused on recruitment, education, and building community. 

Dr. Karla Williams

Dr. Karla Williams is an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine at UAB in Birmingham, AL. She serves as an assistant program director and the director of diversity and inclusion for the Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program. She has a passion for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in graduate medical education and care delivery and was recognized as a recipient of the 2020 Dean’s Excellence Award in Diversity. She has recently worked with colleagues to develop a formal curriculum, Supporting Trainees by Addressing Inappropriate Behaviors by Patients, to address microaggressions and other inappropriate behaviors in the medical environment. This initiative has created a platform to have safe and honest discussions about the presence and effect of bias, including racial and gender derogations, in the medical environment and has been presented and implemented at numerous academic institutions at the UME and GME levels. The ultimate goal is to bring awareness to our implicit and explicit biases in an effort to cultivated more inclusive learning and clinical environments for trainees, faculty and patients.

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