Racism and discrimination are unacceptable in any setting.
In health care, racism and discrimination leads to negative care experiences for patients, care providers and teams, and detracts from people providing or receiving the best care.
In 2023, CPSA, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) partnered to create an online training course for physicians about micro-aggressions. With a goal of positioning Alberta’s physicians as leaders in addressing racism in healthcare settings, this course will help CPSA regulated members understand what micro-aggressions are, how to recognize them, why they are harmful and how to respond.
When physicians have completed this voluntary course, they will be able to:
- Define micro-aggressions
- Identify harms caused by micro-aggressions in healthcare settings
- Identify examples of micro-aggressions in healthcare settings
- Summarize interventions physicians can make when encountering microaggressions
- Select appropriate interventions for situations involving micro-aggressions in healthcare settings
- Differentiate between good, better and best interventions when encountering micro-aggressions
- Engage in self-reflection regarding micro-aggressions
How to access the training
- Log into CPSA’s online learning platform, MyCPSA, using the same login information you use to access the CPSA Portal.
- Select Micro-aggression Training for Physicians from the list of courses assigned to you.
When you’ve completed the course, download and save a pdf of your certificate so you can apply for continuing professional development (CPD) credits from your national college.
"We know there is systemic racism in our organizations and historically, we have failed to properly acknowledge and address it. We have much work to do and a single course will not resolve the problem, but this is one step towards improving physicians’ knowledge, and encouraging those with power and privilege to act in ways that are anti-racist and support all people."
- Dr. Scott McLeod, CPSA Registrar, Dr. Sharron Spicer, AHS Associate Chief Medical Officer & Michael Gormley, former AMA Executive Director
Further information on Conflict of Interest Declaration and Disclosure
Conflict of Interest Disclosure
Members of the Scientific Planning Committee for the Micro-Aggression Online Training for Physicians have completed and signed Conflict of Interest forms approved by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. As part of the signing they were directed to the National Standard for Support of Accredited CPD Activities.
Disclosure of Financial Support
- This program is fully funded by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, Alberta Health Services and Alberta Medical Association
Mitigating Potential Bias
- The Planning Committee carefully chooses the topics for the program in order to ensure that the principles of scientific integrity, objectivity and balance have been respected.
- The Planning Committee chair and members have guided the development of the content, based on the needs of the learners, and discussed, vetted and support the expected learning outcomes and online teaching format.
- The course learning objectives are communicated consistently.
- Members of the Planning Committee have declared and disclosed conflicts of interest (if any) and the records are retained by CPSA.
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