Achieving Equity in Assessment for Clinical Learners

Presented by Karen Hauer, MD, PhD and Arianne Teherani, PhD on March 18, 2021 at 12:00 am

In this session, the presenters will review evidence on bias and inequity present in assessment with a focus on clinical learners and the effects of inequitable assessment practices on grades and awards. They will discuss the components of an equitable assessment system and share strategies to minimize bias and promote equity.

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Karen Hauer is Associate Dean for Competency Assessment and Professional Standards and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She designs and leads the program of assessment in the UCSF School of Medicine Bridges curriculum and directs the School’s medical student coaching program. She is an active researcher in medical education and a research mentor for fellows, residents and students, with a focus on competency-based medical education, learner assessment, coaching and remediation. In 2015, she completed a PhD in Medical Education through a joint program with UCSF and the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She is active on leadership committees with the National Board of Medical Examiners and Coalition for Physician Accountability, serves as deputy editor for the journal Medical Education, and is past president of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine national organization. She earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, and then completed medical school and internal medicine residency and chief residency at UCSF. She is a practicing general internist in primary care. She is married and has 3 children.

Dr. Teherani is a Professor of Medicine, an Education Scientist in the Center for Faculty Educators, and Director for Program Evaluation and Education Continuous Quality Improvement for the UCSF School of Medicine. She is the co-founder and co-director of the UCSF Center for Climate and Health. Dr. Teherani’s research, which has informed local, national and international conversations, research agendas and policies, focuses on advancing knowledge in professionalism, equity and social justice, and climate and health education. Her research on equity addresses educational practices which perpetuate educational disparities and examines interventions aimed at creating equity and inclusion during medical education. Dr. Teherani leads the UCSF Equity and Justice in Education works in progress series. She teaches in and mentors students in the UCSF-University of Utrecht doctoral program in Health Professions Education, Master’s Program at the UCSF-University of California, Berkeley, and UCSF Education Sciences Inquiry domain. Dr. Teherani serves as an associate editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine and Medical Teacher’s Best Evidence in Medical Education series.