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Med Educ. 2006 Jul;40(7):704-10.

Integrating cultural competency into the undergraduate medical curriculum.

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Section of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA. derapp@yahoo.com

Abstract

CONTEXT:

A significant movement is underway to develop standardised curricula that provide medical students with a fundamental knowledge of cultural sensitivity.

METHODS:

This paper reviews the recent initiative to integrate cultural competency training into the curricula of American undergraduate medical institutions.

RESULTS:

Despite these initiatives, few medical institutions have achieved a comprehensive curriculum providing for continued cultural experiences and assessment of related skill sets. The article proposes a framework for the introduction of continued instruction in and assessment of cultural competency within the undergraduate medical education.

CONCLUSIONS:

The described components of cultural competency education in the undergraduate medical curricula provide a framework to facilitate early and continued exposure to experiences designed to promote cultural sensitivity.

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