The typical American workplace is composed of individuals who each bring a unique set of beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors. As an inherently collaborative practice, anesthesiology relies on a sense of solidarity and camaraderie in the workplace. For most, it is culture that inspires community and cohesion. However, for some of our colleagues, there exists a daily and inescapable reality – the implicit biases we all carry within.

Implicit biases are composed of associations below our conscious awareness that lead to reflexively judging or viewing others based on apparent or external characteristics such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and other identities (BMC Med Ethics 2017;18:19). Implicit attitudes are automated responses in the sense that they occur without thought or motive (Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. 2007). It is believed that due to an increasingly complex modern world, our...

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