The DEI Shift

The Hidden Curriculum Feat. #PTBGIM 2022 and ACP Southern California Region III Chapter

February 20, 2022 The DEI Shift
The DEI Shift
The Hidden Curriculum Feat. #PTBGIM 2022 and ACP Southern California Region III Chapter
Show Notes

Dr. Candace Sprott, a primary care general internal medicine physician in Southern California Region III Chapter of ACP, and Dr. Jasmine Smith, an assistant professor and hospitalist in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, reflect on a previous episode of The DEI Shift: the hidden curriculum (Season 1, Episode 9) and its relevance for generalist physicians and trainees. Previously, Co-hosts, Dr. Brittäne Parker and Dr. Quentin Youmans, talked with Dr. Smith about the hidden curriculum.

Key messages: 

  • With the hidden curriculum, one language is used to discuss medicine, diseases, and research, and another is used to demonstrate your competence as a clinician. Nonverbal cues can be an important part of the latter, along with verbal cues.
  • Acknowledging the positive aspects of the hidden curriculum, like empathy and reflection, and intentionally spreading these through mentorship can be educational, although these are not yet universally done.
  • For trainees, be observant, ask questions, identify examples of practice and communication styles that are desirable for your own practice.
  • For mentors, faculty, and educators, give trainees timely and helpful feedback to adjust behaviors if needed.

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The conversation continues on Twitter with the #PTBGIM. For this episode, be sure to tag @theDEIShift @ACP_SoCAL. Tell us why you’re #ProudToBeGIM and share your perspectives, experiences, or tips on how to promote positive aspects of the hidden curriculum and mitigate the negative aspects of the hidden curriculum as a general internal medicine specialist or trainee.

#ProudtobeGIM is a campaign from the Society of General Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians aimed at encouraging medical students and residents to pursue General Internal Medicine. This special podcast series for #ProudToBeGIM Week, February 21-24, 2022, is sponsored by a #ProudToBeGIM honorarium and the American College of Physicians Southern California Region III Chapter. Read more about the campaign here:

The DEI Shift podcast is proud to partner with SGIM in promoting #ProudToBeGIM week. This opportunity allows multiple ACP Chapters to showcase the expertise of their leaders and to provide a fresh look into some popular episodes. We are especially delighted to have members of our production team, many of whom are pre-medical students, contribute their voices to the conversation as well.

Host: Dr. Candace Sprott (she/her/hers)
Guest: Dr. Jasmine Smith (she/her/hers)
Producers: Dr. Sarah Takimoto, Dr. Tiffany Leung
Executive Producer: Dr. Tammy Lin
Co-Executive Producers: Dr. Pooja Jaeel, Dr. Tiffany Leung
Senior Producer: Dr. DJ Gaines, Dr. Maggie Kozman
Editor: Dr. Tiffany Leung
Production Assistants: Ann Truong, Likitha Arudhyala
Website/Art design: Ann Truong
Music: Chris Dingman

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