California May Soon Push Doctors to Confront Their Biases

Los Angeles Times (09/12/19) Chabria, Anita

The California Legislature has passed a final bill mandating implicit bias training as a requirement for continuing education for many medical professionals. The measures included in Assembly Bill 241 are intended to resolve documented disparities in medical outcomes based on race or other factors. Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) says the proposed training is designed to help people identify the personal and systemic results of stereotypes. If signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the bill would require continuing medical education (CME) providers and accreditation organizations to implement an implicit bias curriculum starting in 2023. Although many CME programs already possess a certain degree of implicit bias training, the new laws would establish more rigorous requirements.

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