Medical Science Educator

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 5–6 | Cite as

Teaching and Practicing Cultural Competency Skills with Medical Students Using Nutrition-Focused Case Scenarios

  • Joann M. McDermid
  • Mary Kate WordenEmail author


Cultural competency is a required standard for American medical students, but it can be challenging to effectively engage students with this topic. Because nutrition and culture are inherently intertwined in patient care, classroom role-play with nutrition-focused case scenarios enables students to practice strategies for navigating cultural barriers with patients.


Cultural competency Patient interview Role-play Nutritional care Medical students 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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© International Association of Medical Science Educators 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Department of MedicineUniversity of Virginia School of MedicineCharlottesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Office of Medical EducationUniversity of Virginia School of MedicineCharlottesvilleUSA

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