WASHINGTON, D.C.—Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH, FACEP, is vice chair of administrative affairs in the Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s given the commencement speech at Howard University College of Medicine. And she’s a leading national voice on equity and inclusion in health care.
But the presenter of this year’s James D. Mills, Jr. Memorial Lecture, “Overcoming Cognitive Blind Spots to Improve Outcomes” still gets frequently stopped at airports because she’s a Jamaican woman with dreadlocks.
“Cognitive bias is really, at the end of the day, something we all have,” Dr. Heron said. “It’s based on what we’ve seen, what we’ve been exposed to, what we’ve been challenged to believe, true or not. It’s about perception.”