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Acad Psychiatry. 2006 Jan-Feb;30(1):9-15.

Mental health disparities, diversity, and cultural competence in medical student education: how psychiatry can play a role.

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University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco, CA, USA. francis.lu@sfdph.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors review recent developments in healthcare policy, including eliminating disparities in mental healthcare, increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce, and cultural competence. Following a discussion of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) standards, as they relate to disparity, cultural competence, and diversity, the authors discuss an action plan describing the role of psychiatry in addressing these issues.

METHODS:

Key policy documents are reviewed for disparities, cultural competence, and diversity in healthcare and then in mental health specifically.

RESULTS:

Important developments in healthcare policy regarding these areas have occurred.

CONCLUSION:

Psychiatry can play a vital role in addressing disparities, cultural competence, and diversity in medical student education.

PMID:
16473988
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ap.30.1.9
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