Should Implicit Bias Testing Be Required On The Admissions Committee? 

Admissions: Maybe, according to these results.  All 140 admissions committee members took a test for white-black implicit bias, and then took a survey based on their experiences.  This was followed by a discussion of aggregate results by the committee along with an implicit bias expert.  Results were reported by gender and faculty vs. student status, but not by under-represented minority (URM) status.  No group of committee members reported explicit bias, but all groups (male and female, students and faculty) displayed moderate to substantial implicit bias based on the test.  Sixty-seven percent felt that the exercise was worthwhile.  In the next admissions cycle, there were no statistically significant changes in the percentage of URM applicants interviewed (20% to 19%), the percentage URM interviewees offered acceptance (32% to 29%), or the percentage of accepted URM students matriculating (43% to 54%). — Laura Willett, MD


Quinn Capers IV, MD, Daniel Clinchot, MD, Leon McDougle, MD, and Anthony G. Greenwald, PhD, Implicit Racial Bias in Medical School Admissions, Academic Medicine, September 2016

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