LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – The Whitmer Administration, along with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, is requiring all medical professionals in Michigan to undergo “Implicit Bias Training” when applying for or renewing their licenses.
“Implicit Bias Training” is a form of Critical Race Theory (CRT), which is explained here.
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According to a press release from Gov. Whitmer’s office, new applicants for licensure or registration will need to complete a minimum of 2 hours of training, and applicants for renewal will need to complete a minimum of 1 hour of training each year.
The annual training curriculum can cover a variety of topics related to implicit bias but must incorporate strategies to reduce disparities including the administration of self-assessments.
At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist spoke and said the healthcare system is “designed by men with indifference to the experiences of people who do not look or live like them.” Gilchrist has served as chair of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.
“Implicit, unconscious bias exists within each of us, and as public servants we have a duty to understand and address how our biases can impact the lives of others,” Gilchrist said.
Both Whitmer and Gilchrist said they participated in the training.
Later in the press conference, a reporter asked Whitmer what she could tell Michiganders about her own implicit bias.
“I think it’s, you know, it’s very helpful to, um, you know, you go through a number of exercises and you make choices and then you get an opportunity for feedback,” Whitmer said.
“Um, I was, you know, I, I learned something every single day. I think, you know, as evolving humans we should all strive to learn something every single day,” she continued.
Whitmer went on to say, “Going through real world exercises that might happen in an office setting or might happen on the road, um, was really helpful to take that pause, that I think everyone needs to take on occasion and really understand what’s happening here and why so we can do better,” she concluded.
After this exchange, a staffer said one more question was allowed. The reporter did not press for an answer.