2023 AIAMC Innovation Award

Award Information

The AIAMC Board of Directors recently announced Aurora Health Care as the winner of the 2023 AIAMC Innovation Award to be presented on Friday, March 24, 2023 in Nashville, TN. Allyship is Important: Culture Change Requires We All Stand Up to Microaggressions was submitted by Deborah Simpson, PhD, Director of Education—Academic Affairs. Contributing authors were Jacob Bidwell, MD, Terry Frederick, Tricia La Fratta MBA, Kristin Ouweneel MBA, Esmeralda Santana C‐TAGME, Wilhelm Lehmann MD, MPH,Kjersti Knox MD, Roxanne Smith MD, Jill Patton, DO, and Office of Academic Affairs. The Joint Commission has warned that intimidating and/or distruptive behaviors among health care professionals can cause medical errors, preventable adverse outcomes, and decreased patient satisfaction. The cumulative effect of microaggressions has been shown to have multiple detrimental effects on learning, patient care, and well‐being. Over time, microaggressions result in the upregulation of stress hormones leading to inflammation and chronic disease secondary to allostatic load. sing Robert Livingston’s PRESS model, Aurora Health Care designed and delivered an evolving 45–90‐minute upstander workshop focused on patient initiated microaggressions. To date, 128 participants from nine sessions responded to the two ‐minute survey including faculty, medical students, residents, and other medical education administrative staff. Increases in retrospective pre‐post ratings were seen across all items. Overall, 96% of respondents would recommend the session to their colleagues and 78% requested additional training on the GRIT mnemonic (Gather your thoughts, Restate, Inquire, Talk it out). Universally during the debrief participants have said “this is hard” and always reported needing more time to practice the scenarios. Aurora Health Care is no stranger to innovation or the AIAMC Innovation Award, having been recognized in 2020 and 2016. The Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers presents the Alliance Innovation Award on an annual basis to its institutional member who best exemplifies creative and innovative approaches to medical education and research. The institution selected for this prestigious honor must demonstrate an innovation in the following categories: - The development and/or implementation of innovative medical education programs for residents, physicians and other staff and may include curriculum development and implementation, assessment methodologies, and/or outcomes related to medical education initiatives. - Innovation significant themes such as provider well-being, quality improvement, population health, health disparities and/or cultural competency initiatives involving residents, physicians and other staff and related outcomes. - The development and/or application of scientific discoveries areas of research may include education, health care improvement, biomedical research and/or translational research.