In this session, Dr. Didwania will discuss various aspects of microaggressions. Microaggressions can potentially impact health outcomes. Patients may not feel comfortable sharing personal information with a clinician they view as hostile/not understanding. At the same time, systemic racism is a public health issue. She will review the definition of microaggressions and subsets of microaggressions. She will also discuss the harm that repetitive exposure can pose to an individual and subsequent impact on the workplace. She will discuss strategies to understand one’s own implicit biases and techniques to manage microaggressions from the viewpoint of those receiving them and those that are unintentionally delivering them.
- Define microaggressions and describe their manifestation in everyday life.
- List adverse outcomes associated with the experience of microaggressions and how these might impact health.
- Compare techniques to minimize the occurrence of microaggressions and to minimize the effects of repeated exposure.