Promoting Health Equity Through Excellence in Diagnostic Decision Making

Promoting Health Equity

Target skills that promote health equity in clinical decision making.

In the U.S., people in some minoritized groups experience higher rates of poor health and disease, including diabetes, hypertension, obesity and more, when compared to White counterparts. ACP’s interactive series on diagnostic excellence offers evidence-based strategies clinicians can use to improve diagnostic decision making by mitigating the effects of unconscious bias related to race, ethnicity, gender, and other identities, leading to improved outcomes for patients.

Understanding and Addressing Disparities in Diagnosis Learning Series 

CME/MOC credit are free to ACP Members. Nonmembers may access the modules for free and purchase access to claim CME/MOC credit for each module for $25.

Understanding and Addressing Disparities in Diagnosis

0.5 CME

Learn the core concepts of diagnostic decision making and see examples of individual and systems-level biases and how they affect diagnostic disparities.


Understanding and Addressing Disparities in Diagnosis: Case 1

0.75 CME

Learn to recognize diagnostic disparities and biased decision making with the real-life case scenarios showing how diagnostic decisions can affect outcomes for patients.


Understanding and Addressing Disparities in Diagnosis: Case 2

0.75 CME

Practice building therapeutic partnerships with patients affected by bias in health care in this interactive case study.



CME/MOC credit are free to ACP Members.

The DEI Shift: Disparities in Diagnostic Reasoning


Diagnostic error is a significant cause of preventable harm for adult patients. Diagnostic errors are the leading type of paid medical malpractice claim and are nearly twice as likely to result in death as any other category of error.

Implicit racial bias is pervasive and associated with diagnostic uncertainty. No intervention has been shown to meaningfully reduce implicit bias; however, there are evidence-backed strategies that clinicians can employ to reduce discriminatory behavior based on their biases.

You’re invited to join The DEI Shift as they examine Disparities in Diagnostic Reasoning with guests Drs. Denise Connor and Cristina Gonzalez.


Core IM: Diagnostic Errors and Excellence

0.5 CME

Inaccurate or delayed diagnoses are harmful to patients on a global scale. Among hospitalized patients in the United States, an estimated 250,000 detrimental diagnostic errors occur annually. Efforts to reduce the incidence of misdiagnosis vary, ranging from changes to medical pedagogy, support strategies, and technological tools. In order to navigate the landscape of potential improvement approaches, clinicians deserve a guide to the psychological evidence behind movements to make better diagnosticians. Listen to the Core IM team as they are joined by Drs. Geoff Norman and John Hwang to discuss “Diagnostic Errors and Excellence!”


This learning hub and its contents is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through a grant program administered by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies.