Unconscious Bias and Search Committee Resources

Unconscious or implicit bias "refers to those attitudes and stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner" (The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity). These internalized biases can affect many areas of work within the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, including the admissions process, faculty hiring, peer review and patient care.

Unconscious Bias Resources

Association of American Medical Colleges - Diversity 3.0 Learning Series (webinars)

Centre for Health Equity, Diversty and Inclusion - Implicit Bias in the Clinical Setting and Learning Environment (interactive module)

EdX - Unconscious Bias: From Awareness to Action (interactive module)

Harvard University - Project Implicit (interactive tool)

National Institute of Health - Unconscious (Implicit) Bias and Health Disparities: Where Do We Go From Here? (journal article)

Social and Personality Psychology Compass (Volume 7, Issue 5) - Reducing Implicit Prejudice (journal article)

University of British Columbia - Unconscious Bias: Compilation of Studies (journal article)

U of T Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life – Unconscious Bias Education (videos, workshop materials)

What you don’t know: the science of unconscious bias and what to do about it in the search and recruitment process - AAMC

Webinar: Understanding unconscious bias in the health professions and how to mitigate it - AAMC

Exploring Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine - AAMC (video)

Search Committee Resources

Centre for Health Equity, Diversty and Inclusion - Search Committee Training Modules (workshop materials)

Chronicle of Higher Education - How Search Committees Can See Bias in Themselves (news article)

Canada Research Chairs - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Best Practices for Recruitment, Hiring and Retention (policy document)

Ontario Human Rights Commission - Interviewing and making hiring decisions (policy document)

U of T Department of Medicine - Gender Equity Guidelines for Department of Medicine Search Committees (policy document)

U of T Department of Medicine - Recruitment of Faculty Members to the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto (policy document)

U of T Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty and Acadmic Life - Strategies for Recruiting an Excellent & Diverse Faculty Complement (policy document)

U of T Postgraduate Medical Education - Best Practices in the Applications and Selection (policy document)