Integrating cultural competency into the undergraduate medical curriculum. Edit
Med Educ. 2006 Jul; 40(7): 704-10.
The need for cultural competency training is well-known, but few institutions have achieved both a standardized 4-year curriculum and formal competency assessment. This paper proposes a framework for the integration of cultural competency training and assessment within the medical curriculum.
- Early, formalized classroom instruction – should focus on culture basics and cultural themes
- Continued, clinically based instruction – should focus on clinical skills
- Formalized assessment – should include knowledge base assessment and skill assessment
The author reiterates the importance of the above through examples from his own medical training.
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