February 2022 Invited Speaker Rounds


Exploring and Supporting Sensitive Conversations about Bias in Health Professions Education

Javeed Sukhera, MD, PhD, FRCPC 

Chair & Chief of Psychiatry
Institute of Living and Hartford Hospital, Hartford Healthcare

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Zoom ID: For connection details, please email ches.communications@ubc.ca.


Although equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) has become a strategic priority in medical education, efforts to advance social justice through educational interventions face several barriers. For example, any educational interventions that seek to improve equity often involve sensitive topics related to EDI that provoke emotional and defensive reactions. In our previous research we learned that bias related feedback was unlikely to be perceived as actionable if it was construed as a threat to professional or personal identity. We have also explored how different disciplines interpret feedback and facilitation as part of teaching and learning about sensitive topics in their respective professional cultures. In this presentation, Dr. Sukhera will review existing research on facilitating sensitive conversations about EDI in health professions education and describe how professional context influences the process of receiving, processing, and integrating bias-related feedback.


Dr. Javeed Sukhera is the Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living and Hartford Healthcare in Hartford Connecticut with pending academic affiliations at Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining Hartford Hospital, he was a psychiatrist at the Child and Adolescent Mental Healthcare Program and Paediatric Chronic Pain Program at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). He also was an associate professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. In addition, he served as a scientist at the Centre for Education Research and Innovation and an associate scientist at the Children’s Health Research Institute/Lawson Health Research Institute and sat on the Executive Committee of Western’s Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion.

Dr. Sukhera is an internationally recognized health professions education researcher and thought leader. His research program explores novel approaches to addressing stigma and bias among health professionals and he has also been involved in advocacy and cross-sectoral work in education, policing, and community services.

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