In this MD Newsline exclusive interview with dermatologist Dr. Edidiong Kaminska, we discuss how to address implicit bias in dermatology.
How can dermatologists address implicit bias in their practice? How might their doing so improve healthcare for underserved communities?
Dr. Edidiong Kaminska:
“Dermatologists can address implicit bias in many ways. For example, they can go to national conferences like those put on by the American College of Dermatology and attend presentations on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and they can reach out to their colleagues.
Moreover, as the world is changing with regard to COVID-19, providers are doing a lot of telemedicine, and patients are coming to see us from all over the country. As our population changes, with a lot of interracial mixing, we’re seeing a lot of different skin tones in all racial/ethnic backgrounds. Providers should be aware of those changes and how they manifest in skin of color.”
Responses have been condensed and lightly edited.