University of Rochester School of Medicine Rewards Staff for Attending ‘Microaggressions’ Seminar

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The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is rewarding its medical staff for attending a seminar on “microaggressions,” by qualifying them for a discounted rate on malpractice insurance through the medical center.

The University of Rochester Medical Center has informed its medical staff that attending its seminar on “microaggressions” will qualify them for a discounted rate on malpractice insurance obtained through the medical center.

“The Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Series is a qualifying activity for the URMC Malpractice Premium Differential Program,” states the university, “In-person attendance at the seminar is needed to qualify for malpractice reduction and CME credits.”

The seminar is called “Impact of Microaggressions on Wellness,” and is said to “explore the relationships between microaggressions and personal wellness” and help staff become “allies” who will know how to “intervene” whenever they see a microaggression.

A microaggression typically refers to any instance in which an individual unknowingly or unintentionally offends somebody belonging to a group that left-wing activists consider downtrodden or “marginalized” in America.

The university’s definition is similar, describing microaggressions as “the everyday nonverbal and verbal slights or snubs that are often the behavioral manifestations of unconscious bias.”

The medical school adds that while microaggressions may seem harmless, they can actually “accumulate” over time, negatively impacting an individual’s “wellness” and ability to function well in the workplace.

The university adds that “allies” can be useful for intercepting microaggressions.

In this context, an “ally” refers to any individual who left-wing activists consider privileged enough in America to not be victims of microaggressions, but can still be aware that others are falling victim to microaggressions occurring around them, and rush to their defense.

“Allies and bystander interventions can impact an individual’s experiences and potentially improve individual well-being,” explains the medical school, “We will explore these relationships and describe ways to intervene and support our colleagues and trainees as allies.

Training allies to interfere with microaggressions most likely involves training them to operate under the assumption that the alleged victim of a microaggression desires such unsolicited defending from an ally, as they are unable to defend themselves.

The seminar will be led by professor Linda Chaudron, who is also the Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture Development at the University of Rochester Medical Center, according to the university’s website.

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