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Implicit Bias Training

Implicit Bias Training Options for AAO Members

Implicit or unconscious bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Implicit bias training helps make people aware that unconscious bias exists and allows them to take steps to reduce the likelihood that bias will impact their decisions. Participants in implicit bias training also learn that even when they do not consciously endorse a label or stereotype, it can influence their attitudes and behavior outside their conscious awareness.   

In alignment with the AAO’s core value, “We embrace diversity and inclusion,” the Special Committee on Inclusion and Engagement has identified several courses that AAO members should consider as they look to enhance their awareness of their unconscious biases. These courses and training may also be eligible for CE credit as part of your dental or orthodontic licensure requirements. Some state dental boards even require implicit bias or related training as part of their licensure renewal process.  

Cultural Humility: Understanding our Cultural Framework and Biases

Hosted by: American Association of Orthodontists

CE credit: 1.25 hours

Format: recorded webinar

Cost: free to AAO members

Conscious and Unconscious Bias in Dental Practice Ethical Considerations 

Hosted by: American Dental Association 

CE credit: 2 hours 

Format: recorded webinar 

Cost: $69 or $39 for ADA members (free with a CE Online Subscription) 

Building a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Healthcare

Hosted by: Traliant

CE credit: varies by individual courses taken

Format: online, self-paced training program

Cost: varies by organization

*To learn more about specific Traliant solutions for you or your practice, contact Carolyn Thiel at [email protected] or 213-712-8637.

Diversity & Inclusion: Unconscious Bias Awareness 

Hosted by: Compliance Training Group 

CE credit: 1.5 hours 

Format: online course 

Cost: $24.99 

State dental boards requiring implicit bias or cultural competency training 

The states below require (or will soon require) implicit bias or cultural competency training to obtain or renew dental licenses. This list may not be comprehensive of all states with this requirement. Please check with your state dental board to confirm the training or course you take complies with their requirements. 

State Requirement More Information 
District of Columbia 2 hours of cultural competency or specialized clinical training focusing on patients or clients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, queer, or question their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression  
Illinois 1 hour of implicit bias awareness training (effective for 2024 renewal cycle)  
Michigan 3 hours of implicit bias training  
Maryland One-time implicit bias training program approved by the Cultural and Linguistic Health Care Professional Competency Program within the Maryland Department of Health  
Oregon 2 hours of cultural competency approved by the Oregon Health Authority