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Category : Dionne Hart, M.D.

Recognizing and Addressing Bias in the Workplace

I was the attending psychiatrist working at a busy urban emergency room speaking outside a treatment room with a patient’s daughter, a middle-aged Caucasian woman. I was taking notes when a male trainee approached and interrupted, speaking directly to the patient’s daughter. He assumed she was the doctor (I was wearing scrubs and my physician ID) and called her Dr. Hart and mentioned he needed to discuss a patient. During a long pause, I reminded myself to control my breathing so there would be no change in inflection. I did not want to bring attention to the situation in front of the patient’s daughter. I introduced myself to the resident, gave him instructions, and continued my conversation.