ARRS 2022 Abstracts


E1514. Patients' Biases Toward Medical Trainees in Breast Imaging
  1. Shuai Yuan; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  2. Tamarya Hoyt; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Medical trainees have been shown to experience patient bias from multiple aspects, including racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, medical training, or simply patient’s refusal of care. Lack of proper training or institutional and collegial support to help trainees deal with biased situations could cause a negative impact on trainees’ education, training, and well-being, and also predisposes them to burnout. Breast imaging is particularly prone to patient bias due to its focus on the more private area of a patient’s body, the breasts. However, there is a lack of research to assess patients’ biases upon trainees particularly in breast imaging. This study focuses on discovering potential patient biases on trainees at our breast center and aims to provide solutions to decrease patient biases and the impact on trainees.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
Patient biases are unavoidable and could occur with a higher incidence in breast imaging. By surveying both patients and trainees at our breast center, we hope to discover potential patient biases that could negatively impact trainees’ experiences and education, then provide appropriate training and support to help them navigate through biased situations.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
Our project will survey both patients and residents at our breast center to identify potential biases due to racism, sexism, ageism, and presumed lack of experience based on trainee status. By evaluating the surveys, we hope to identify the most commonly encountered patient biases from both patients’ and trainees’ perspectives. We will then provide targeted training and support systems to help trainees handle difficult situations in future encounters.

By assessing patient biases from both patients’ and trainees’ perspectives, we hope to identify the most commonly encountered patient biases toward medical trainees. We will then provide education and training as well as a support system to help them navigate through biased situations in the future, thus improving their training experience, work space, well-being, and decreasing the likelihood of burnout.