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Understanding & Navigating Power Dynamics in Learning Environments

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Power dynamics can have negative consequences within learning environments. For example, attendings who do not speak up when a harmful comment is made to a medical student can reduce trust in the learning environment and a sense of belonging for that student. Understanding and analyzing power can build skills for navigating such dynamics and decrease potential for unintended harm. This session will provide participants the opportunity to 1) reflect on power, including their position within hierarchies and the social identities they hold, and 2) recognize in which situations they may or may not be power holders, which can inform how to best intervene in learning environment concerns.

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