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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.



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


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


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.


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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