Obesity bias is widely prevalent in healthcare providers and trainees, yet trainees receive scant education. Such biases have a significant adverse impact on health outcomes. Implicit bias may be even more impactful, and students are often unaware of their own biases. Elearning is emerging as a novel format for engaging learners. An interdisciplinary approach could broaden access and team approach. Recently, 17 national associations developed 10 new provider competencies for the management of obesity that included two, #6 and #7 specifically, for obesity bias. There is no educational material yet available that combines these competencies in an elearning interactive and interdisciplinary format.
Faculty with expertise on obesity bias education, an obesity medicine specialist and clinical psychologist, recruited an interdisciplinary team from the medical, PA, social work, and public health schools. The team was given an award by the university elearning division to develop a video module. Students developed clinical vignettes for first-person video encounters with a physician, dietician, medical assistant, social worker and pharmacist to simulate a clinic visit. The video embedded competency-derived questions on bias recognition as well as opportunities for reflection.
A 15 minute video was created that involved various simulated clinical settings to demonstrate explicit and implicit bias. Close captioning was added. interactive questions and assessments were made available to determine instances of explicit and implicit bias recognition. The video is available on the elearning gallery of the university for access by all students.
An interdisciplinary elearning module will promote access, and the engagement, empathy and opportunities of assessment and evaluation of obesity bias in the clinical setting byhealth care trainees. We anticipate further specific use in family medicine resident bias education and for flipped classroom or hybrid education.