What and Why

School of Medicine faculty and staff reflect after participating in an activity focusing on privilege. Photo by Mark Wooding.

Clinical teachers are not trained in how to handle bias and discrimination in the clinical setting where they are teaching. When bias occurs, they don’t feel comfortable addressing it. Students have complained that these issues are not being addressed appropriately, and that it negatively impacts the learning environment. As part of the UCSF School of Medicine Differences Matter initiative, the goal of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion training is to increase awareness and skills for clinical teachers so that they can address bias and discrimination when and where it happens.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • recognize bias and discrimination in the learning environment;
  • use a shared language to talk about bias and discrimination with students;
  • implement skills to address bias and discrimination; and
  • apply practical tools for addressing bias and discrimination in their day to day teaching encounters.
  • be eligible for 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 

During this training, participants will:

  • apply new skills in a variety of case-based scenarios;
  • participate in an assessment of awareness, comfort and confidence using the skills learned.


Feedback from participants

I attended a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training session facilitated by Drs. Knight and Lomen-Hoerth. The day was inspiring and it was practical. I feel I have a better understanding of micro-aggressions and how to call them out, and am eager to learn more. For me, it dovetails nicely with the relationship-centered communication I help instruct at ZSFG and in my work with our learners. This is important work and I am so happy the SOM is encouraging our participation.

Benjamin N. Breyer MD, MAS, FACS
Associate Professor in Residence
Departments of Urology and Epidemiology and Biostatistics (affiliate)
University of California, San Francisco

Vice-Chair of Urology
Chief of Urology, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
Director, UCSF Male Genitourinary Reconstruction and Trauma Surgery Fellowship
Associate Residency Program Director