The Building Toward Belonging: Michigan Medicine Implicit Bias Training (LARA Compliant) serves as the foundation for a continuous curriculum to help us evolve into a more respectful and inclusive academic medical center.
This mandatory training is our first step in developing a continuous curriculum to educate our community on why inclusion matters, identify key allyship behaviors that reduce the influence of implicit bias in decision-making, and integrate strategies for mitigating bias in our daily work. It encourages participants to build an inclusive mindset over time which can help Michigan Medicine shift to a more accountable culture related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The course meets new guidelines of the mandatory LARA Implicit bias Training while also supporting the BASE strategic priority of Belonging, and the Michigan Medicine strategic initiative of diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Active Michigan Medicine and University of Michigan faculty, staff, and learners can view our session schedule and register on MY LINC.
- For assistance in registration, view our Registration Guide.
- To request a unit session, submit this form.
Please review the FAQ’s below. For additional questions please email: OHEI-Training@med.umich.edu
What is “Building Toward Belonging” and why is it important for all Michigan Medicine employees to take part in this learning experience?
Building Toward Belonging: Michigan Medicine Implicit Bias Training (LARA Compliant) will serve as the foundation for a continuous curriculum to help us evolve into a more respectful and inclusive culture. This mandatory course educates our community about why inclusion matters, and helps us identify key allyship behaviors that reduce the influence of implicit bias in decision-making, and integrate strategies for mitigating bias in our daily work. It supports the BASE strategic priority of Belonging, and the Michigan Medicine strategic initiative of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Who is required to complete this learning?
All faculty, staff and learners within Michigan Medicine and Medical School must take this mandatory course. The format and timing requirements for taking the course is slightly different for clinical licensed employees, than for all other employees. LARA requires licensed staff to take an instructor-led course, either in person or via virtual meeting platforms, such as Zoom. New licensees are required to complete two hours of training while previously licensed faculty and staff are required to take one hour per year. All LARA-healthcare licensed faculty, staff and learners on any University of Michigan campus are welcome to participate in this training opportunity.
What requirement through Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is filled by this learning?
A new rule was added to the Public Health Code, which defines implicit bias as “an attitude or internalized stereotype that affects an individual’s perception, action, or decision making in an unconscious manner and often contributes to unequal treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, age, disability, or other characteristic." Training on implicit bias is required as a condition for initial licensure or registration as well as license or registration renewal. This training is in addition to any continuing education training required for your profession and is required every time you renew your license.
How do I know if I need this training for my license, in addition to the Michigan Medicine requirement?
Because there are 28 categories of licensed professionals who fall under this requirement, we cannot confirm who specifically is required to take the training but you can access that information in the LARA requirements. To the extent that any licensed healthcare professional is required to take the training as a part of their license issuance or renewal process, this training would be sufficient to fill that requirement.
How long do I have to complete this training?
All Michigan Medicine employees must complete one hour of the learning session by June 30, 2023. However, licensed staff may need to complete one hour of training before this date, depending on when their license expires. New licensees must complete two hours of the course before their license expires. The Implicit Bias series includes three one-hour modules, and employees are welcome to take all three. They can be taken individually or in its entirety at any time. Licensed clinicians must take three hours of implicit bias training over the span of three years.
How long is this training?
All Michigan Medicine faculty, staff and students will need to take a 1 hour session. The learning will be offered in blocks of 1 hour sessions. Please note that new applicants for licensure are required to have completed 2 hours of implicit bias training and renewing licensees are required to complete 1 hour of implicit bias training for each year of their license or registration cycle. For more information, read about the LARA requirements here.
How do I register for a Michigan Medicine Open Session for this training?
Please access our Registration Guide for assistance in registering for this training.
I have already taken an Implicit Bias course before, do I have to take this one?
Yes, this is a new course designed to meet the LARA requirements and the Michigan Medicine strategic initiative of diversity, equity and inclusion.
If my license is about to expire, but the classes are all full, are there any other options for me?
Faculty and staff who must complete implicit bias training for immediate re-licensure, will always be eligible to attend any open session, even if otherwise considered full. To request an override to attend a full-capacity course, email OHEI-Training@med.umich.edu at least 48 hours in advance of the session you wish to attend. As a reminder, new licensees are required to complete two hours of training while previously licensed faculty and staff are only required to take one hour per year.
Is this training available to individuals external to Michigan Medicine / University of Michigan?
Thank you for considering Michigan Medicine for your training needs. We are excited to share our training, Building Toward Belonging: Implicit Bias Training (LARA Compliant), with non-UM community members. This fee-based, 1-hour training meets the State of Michigan LARA implicit bias requirements. You can gain more information about our community sessions here.
Will this training be available in-person or virtually?
The majority of this training will be instructor-led and primarily offered virtually. Groups or units of 50 or more can request a private or specially scheduled session via zoom or in-person. LARA requires an instructor-led course, either in person or via virtual meeting platforms, such as Zoom.
Where can I confirm I have been marked complete after taking the course?
The course is available through My LINC. You can find your Training Transcript by navigating to the Self menu in the top left then under the Reporting dropdown. You will see this list of course you have completed with the respective completion dates. If you do not see the “Building Toward Belonging: Michigan Medicine Implicit Bias Training (LARA Compliant)” course listed and you have completed this course, please contact OHEI-Training@med.umich.edu.
I am a leader with a large group of employees. How will I know if they are compliant with this mandatory requirement?
All completion records can be found in the Training and Education Unified Dashboard. This Tableau dashboard will be accessible to all leaders beginning Fall 2022. More communication regarding how to access the dashboard and find the completion records will come prior to the launch of this dashboard.
Can I request a customized session for my unit?
Due to demand and facilitator availability, we are not offering customized sessions at this time.
When and how will I be able to schedule a training for my unit?
Before you submit a request for a unit session, please consider utilizing one of our scheduled Michigan Medicine Open Sessions. If there is a session you would like your team to attend you can either: (1) inform them which session to register for, or (2) send an excel sheet of all expected participants (including first name, last name, and uniqname) to OHEI-Training@med.umich.edu and the specific session you would like the list registered for and a member of our team will register them.
If your Michigan Medicine team is unable to attend an Open Session, and you are interested in scheduling a session for your unit, please submit a Unit Request Form. At this time we cannot accept unit requests from University of Michigan teams that are not a part of Michigan Medicine or do not require the training for licensure. The unit request can include participants who require the course for licensure as well as other members of your team who do not have a licensing requirement, but still need to fulfill the one-hour organization-wide requirement. Once the unit request form is received, the request will be assessed for feasibility and you will receive information on the scheduling process. Please submit your request 5-6 weeks in advance to the date you are requesting.
When completing this form, please choose:
- “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” and Michigan Medicine from the Initial Topic Area drop down menu,
- "A facilitator/presenter for an event or a DEI Course presented at my unit" from the "What are you interested in?" drop down menu, and
- "Building Toward Belonging: Implicit Bias Training (LARA Compliant)" from the "What course offering are you interested in?"
Due to the high demand for this course and limited facilitator availability, we have implemented a policy where 50 participants is the minimum number needed to request a private unit session. If you have less than 50 participants, please plan a time where your team can attend one of our already scheduled Michigan Medicine Open Sessions. Thank you in advance for your understanding and adherence to this process.
What continuing education credits does this course offer?
At this time, Building Toward Belonging: Implicit Bias Training (LARA Compliant) offers:
- (1) Continuing Medical Education credit (CME)
- (1) Social Work CEU
The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School 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 University of Michigan Medical School is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Michigan Medical School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
For more information, please view our Continuing Education Credits FAQ document here.
Does my completion of the post-training survey give me my CME/CE credit?
No. The process for claiming credit for your profession is separate from the post-training evaluation. Please review the provided steps for your specific profession provided below.
How do I claim CME/CE credit in MiCME?
Once you have completed your post training evaluation, you will receive a certificate of completion. You will need this certificate to claim your credit. You can claim CME credit and complete the evaluation from the MiCME website. Log in and claim CME credit within 6 months of the training you attended. Claimed CME hours will be reflected on your transcript in MiCME. Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to upload your certificate of completion. After upload is complete, click here to claim your CME credit
How do I claim CEU for Social Workers?
Once you have completed your post training evaluation, you will receive a certificate of completion. To receive your credit you will need to email your certificate to Myles Borders at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the instructions they provide to you.