Headed to AAPM&R’s 2019 Annual Assembly? Swing by booth 1205 to learn about the high-quality rehabilitative care our hospitals provide and independent practice opportunities with Encompass Health. Career seekers will also be able to find us at the job fair to discuss nationwide opportunities with Encompass Health inpatient rehabilitation hospitals.

Nov. 13: Job Fair (Booth 603)

Nov. 14-17: PM&R Pavilion (expo hall booth 1205)

Learn more about the AAPM&R Annual Assembly here.

Also, don’t miss out on the following presentation featuring Encompass Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lisa Charbonneau.

1304 – Everyone’s A Little Bit Biased (Even Physiatrists)

Friday, November 15
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Session Director(s)

Elissa Charbonneau, D.O., M.S.

Chief Medical Officer
Encompass Health Corporation
Freeport, ME

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD

Associate Professor; Medical Director, Brain Injury and Stroke Program
Dept of PM&R, McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth


Allison Bean, MD, PhD

Sports Medicine Fellow
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
New York, PA

Julia Reilly, MD

Fellow in Cancer Rehabilitation
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Many practicing physicians are unaware of the meaning of unconscious bias and how our background, culture and upbringing may inadvertently affect medical decision making, both in the inpatient and outpatient arena. The presence of unconscious bias targets our most vulnerable patients, including those with varied racial, ethnic, religious background, and various gender, disability, sexual orientation and nationalities. This session will provide a meaningful context for physicians to examine their own unconscious bias when meeting, evaluating and advising patients and interacting with their families. A review of current literature on this topic will be presented and audience members will be invited to share personal experiences that have shaped their attitudes and willingness to explore this topic.

Learning Objectives:

  • define the phrase “unconscious bias.”
  • identify ways to confront their own unconscious biases in medical decision making and in doing so, improve their ability to treat all patients fairly.
  • be more open minded with regard to identifying their own biases and modify their behavior towards their patients that do not conform to their preconceived generalizations.
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