The Intersection of Bias, Belonging and Burnout

August 26, 2021


Decades of research confirms that we all carry various implicit biases that shape our perceptions of others and of ourselves. Implicit bias erodes workplace culture, affects individuals’ sense of belonging and connection, stymies professional advancement and has a profound impact on mental health. Yet, the awareness of individual bias has had the effect of taking the onus off of institutions to make the kind of systems-level change necessary to cultivate inclusive workplaces. In this activity, we examine implicit and structural biases at the individual and institutional levels, with a specific focus on gender-based bias in health care. Our aim is to identify the strengths and limitations of the implicit bias trend (including implicit association testing and training) and provide equity-driven strategies to achieve authentic and sustainable change.

Provided by
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and Optum.

Commercial support
No commercial support was received for this activity.

Hardware/Software Requirements
Please ensure you are using the web-browser Chrome and disable any pop-up blocking software. Click here for information on how to enable pop-ups.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, nurse practitioners, PAs and physicians who are interested in increasing their well-being and improving health care outcomes.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify implicit biases and how those biases manifest in the workplace.
  • Recognize the role of institutions in perpetuating systemic bias, racism and sexism.
  • Examine interventions to mitigate individual and institutional level biases.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
08/26/2021 - 3:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
08/26/2021 - 4:00pm EDT

Elizabeth MétrauxElizabeth Métraux
Founder and CEO
Women Writers in Medicine

About the presenter
Liz Métraux, chief executive officer of Women Writers in Medicine, is a writer and researcher. Formerly at the helm of communications for the National Institutes of Health's Office of Workforce Diversity, Liz has spent the last several years traveling across the country studying how to create a more fulfilled, inclusive and purpose-driven clinical workforce. Her writing has appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, STAT, Modern Healthcare, and more.

Activity planners
Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
OptumHealth Education

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Optum. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit Designation Statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Please log in to register.

These materials are intended ONLY for those who attended the live webcast.

You must be logged into your account to participate in this activity. Get started by clicking “Continue” and completing the “Post-Activity Assessment”; then follow the prompts at the bottom of the screen. At the end of the activity, you will be able to view, save or print your certificate of participation. A complete listing of your activities can be found under “My Account,” “My Activities.”