Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 21, Issue 10, pp 1116–1120

A prescription for cultural competence in medical education

  • Sunil Kripalani
  • Jada Bussey-Jones
  • Marra G. Katz
  • Inginia Genao
Perspectives

DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00557.x

Cite this article as:
Kripalani, S., Bussey-Jones, J., Katz, M.G. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (2006) 21: 1116. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00557.x

Abstract

Cultural competence programs have proliferated in U.S. medical schools in response to increasing national diversity, as well as mandates from accrediting bodies. Although such training programs share common goals of improving physician-patient communication and reducing health disparities, they often differ in their content, emphasis, setting, and duration. Moreover, training in cross-cultural medicine may be absent from students’ clinical rotations, when it might be most relevant and memorable. In this article, the authors recommend a number of elements to strengthen cultural competency education in medical schools. This “prescription for cultural competence” is intended to promote an active and integrated approach to multicultural issues throughout medical school training.

Key words

cultural competency medical education disparities 

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© Society of General Internal Medicine 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sunil Kripalani
    • 1
  • Jada Bussey-Jones
    • 1
  • Marra G. Katz
    • 1
  • Inginia Genao
    • 2
  1. 1.Emory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Yale University School of Medicine/New Haven HospitalNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Division of General MedicineSE Atlanta

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