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Title: Implicit Bias Training and Servicio Social: A Comparative Analysis of Medical School Curricula in the United States and Mexico
Authors: Vera, Katya
Advisors: Oushakine, Serguei
Department: Anthropology
Certificate Program: Global Health and Health Policy Program
Class Year: 2020
Abstract: Recently, implicit bias training has been used by American medical schools to combat the biases of their students, faculty, and patients and help reduce health disparities. Despite Mexican medical schools requiring a year of service known as servicio social, in which medical schools serve low-income, and often non-Spanish speaking, rural, and indigenous patients, they do not receive any sort of implicit bias training. Although biases are innately human, I argue that the types of biases we have are influenced by our culture through institutions, in this case, medical colleges. Through literary research, in addition to the interviews I conducted and ethnographic work I completed in New York City and Guadalajara, Mexico, I illuminate the necessity and importance of implicit bias training in medical schools. I explain how training was advocated for by underrepresented minorities in medicine and its immense necessity in Mexican medical schools considering the dynamics of servicio social.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Anthropology, 1961-2022
Global Health and Health Policy Program, 2017-2022

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