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Implicit Bias for Pharmacists

The Oath of a Pharmacist begins "I promise to devote myself to a lifetime of service to others through the profession of pharmacy....."  Pharmacists in general have the intention to to treat all their patrients with the best care possible, and to be impartial in how they provide these services.  The ultimate goal is to achieve the best possible outcomes.  It is clear that care is not provided uniformly to patients, perhaps due to individual perceptions, stereotypes and a pharmacist's subjective assessment of a patient.  Intentional (explicit) and unintentional (implicit) biases may play a part in our behavior.  This CPE activity will differentiate between explicit and implicit bias, but will concentrate on implicit beias.   It will examine in more detail the causes of implicit bias, potential effects of this bias on patients and the care that we provide, how we can recognize and and address our own biases both individually and at the organizational level.



CE Hours


CE Units


Activity Type

  • Knowledge

Target Audience(s)

  • Pharmacists


Disclosure Policy
The disclosure policies of the SIUE School of Pharmacy Office of Continuing Professional Education requires all persons in a position to control content to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. If a conflict is identified, the Office of Professional Continuing Education will initiate a process for resolving the conflict.  The existence of relationships does not necessarily imply bias or lessen the value of the activity.  All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies reported, and levels of evidence.
The persons required to disclose conflicts include all course faculty, the SIUE CPE administrator, all activity planners and all reviewers.  The relevant commercial financial relationships or affiliations must have occured over the past 12 months.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  
The participant must provide the correct NABP ePID number/DOB combination in their electronic profile. All CPE evaluations must be completed within 60 days of completing the activity. It is the participant's responsibility to check that their credit records are correct within the 60 day period after completion of the activity.   Log in to CPE Monitor at to view a list of all ACPE-accredited activities you have taken. Any discrepancies must be resolved with the CPE Provider directly and in a timely manner.


Requirements for CE Credit

You must attend the entire presentation  to receive credit for this activity.  There is no partial credit.  Credit will be awarded after you complete the online course evaluation, and your attendance is verified by the CE Director.
You must complete at one module of the Implict Association Test (IAT) prior to Completing this CE activity.  The test will be referenced in the taped CE Activity.presentation.
A test takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Test link:


We acknowledge the contribution of Deja Filey, Pharm.D.  Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy.





  • Explain the difference between explicit and implicit bias
  • Describe causes of implicit bias including how they form and how they operate
  • Describe specific effects of implicit bias and the harms it can cause
  • Explain how to interrupt and mitigate implicit bias


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Bonnie Brown, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacist, Belleville Memorial Hospital

Brief Bio : Dr. Brown obtained her B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois Chicago, and her Pharm.D. from SIUE. She is currently is a clinical pharmacist at Belleville Memorial in Belleville, IL.
Disclosure : Dr. Brown has no conflict of interest with the material in this presentation.
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Seth Anato, Pharm.D.
Owner and Pharmacist, Shields Family Pharmacy

Brief Bio : Dr. Anato earned his Pharm.D. Degree from SIUE. He is the owner of Shield Family Pharmacy in Alton, Illinios.
Disclosure : Dr. Anato has no conflict of interest with the material in this presentation.

Activity Number


Release Date: Feb 2, 2024
Credit Expiration Date: Feb 2, 2027

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