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Skills for Addressing Racism in Medicine-Expanding Personal Awareness, Healing Interpersonal Conflict, Creating Allyship
Julie Crosson, MD, Carol Chou, MD, FACH, and Jenni Levy, MD, FACH

The current pandemic of racism has raised the question of how we in healthcare can be called to anti-racist action and be agents of change with a goal of health equity and justice. Stretching to mend the rents in the fabric of our society and assist in dismantling structural racism requires that we start with ourselves,  looking inward at our own areas of privilege and subjugation and how they shape our view of the world in order to be reliable allies with others. Humility and making mistakes is inherent to this work. If we are to move from desire to action, we must develop the skills to repair relationships when we cause injury. In this workshop series, we will explore the internal, interpersonal, and external realms of skills for self-awareness, interpersonal effectiveness, and allyship. 

Day 1

Goal: Engage in self-awareness and self-compassion, and explore one’s own areas of privilege and subjugation.


  1. Be able to state the importance of and the skills for building our personal ground of health.
  2. Use the location of self exercise to reflect on our experience in the kyriarchy (regarding personal privilege and subjugation)

Day 2

Goal: Build interpersonal skills to have a conversation when we make mistakes and cause injury.  Tap into humility to help overcome fear of making a mistake keeping us from doing this work.


  1. Skills to Building the interpersonal ground of health between 2 people in order to have an important conversation: preparing for engaged feedback.
  2. Use ACH skills with a diversity lens for personal repair and relationship repair.

Day 3

Goal: Identify and practice active ally skills as part of antiracist work to address societal/ structural racism/oppression: from how we set the tone in the beginning, to holding ourselves accountable.


  1. Ally is a verb: aligning our core values with our work
  2. Use ground rules/ground of health to set up the environment to be an ally
  3. Identify Accountability Partners to whom you can look for feedback and support.