Send to

Choose Destination
Adv Med Educ Pract. 2018 Jun 25;9:495-498. doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S163485. eCollection 2018.

Bridging the gap between physician and medical student education: using the Train the Trainer model to improve cultural competence training in the clerkship years of medical school.

Author information

College of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, USA,


Cultural competence (CC) training has become a required part of medical education to create future physicians dedicated to decreasing health disparities. However, current training seems to be inadequate as research has demonstrated gaps between CC training and clinical behaviors of students. One aspect that is potentially contributing to this gap is the lack of physician education of CC. Without it being something not only taught in the classroom, but also modeled and taught in the clinical setting, CC will continue to be a theoretical concept instead of a skill set that changes the way that future physicians interact with patients and make decisions about patient care. To change this, we propose the implementation of a Train the Trainer model in which the preclinical professor in charge of CC education trains Clerkship and Residency Directors who then can train and supervise the physicians and residents in their departments on CC to better implement it into the formal and informal curriculum of clerkships.


Train the Trainer; clerkship curriculum; cultural competence; health disparities; physician education; undergraduate medical education

Conflict of interest statement

Disclosure The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Dove Medical Press Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center