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DRIVE: Expanded Curriculum Appraisal Tool & Resources

DRIVE is an initiative to create a representative and bias-free curriculum across all domains of research and clinical education. This DRIVE Resource Guide includes the fully revised, updated and expanded curriculum appraisal tool and additional resources

Q5.1: Intentional Inclusion

Ask Yourself: Am I intentional in my inclusion of demographic characteristics (like race or ethnicity) for social context instead of as biological factors or physical findings?  Am I clear on how inclusion of relevant social variables supports my learning objectives?

Probing question:  Do my teaching examples encompass and normalize a range of patient characteristics similar to the mix in a diverse community like ours in Worcester?   

Example: Including demographic or social data only when medically relevant may lead to over-association.  

Q5.2: Social Determinants of Health

Ask Yourself:Do I include relative impact of cultural or socioeconomic determinants of health on case pathology?  

Probing question:  If I connect a demographic with a medical outcome, am I explaining the causal pathway? 

Examples: When presenting a case associating asthma rates with racial categories, do we explain the social and environmental factors contributing to this association?  A woman of color with high blood pressure may be suffering from chronic stress from structural racism. 

Section 5 Resources

Top Resources

Policy Map - Data and mapping tool for accessing data about communities across the U.S. to make better-informed decisions

Section 5 Best Practice

DRIVE Best Practice:  Ensure that cases lead the learner to question rather than reinforce bias and assumptions.