Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Cultural Competence of Medical Students Through Online Videos
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The term “mosaic” is often used to describe Canada’s rich cultural diversity. It is in this mosaic that many Chinese immigrants have sought a new home, a better place for their children, and a better life. From 1981 to 1994, over 500,000 Chinese immigrants arrived in Canada, resulting in the rapid growth of the Chinese population in Canada . In 2006, more than 1.2 million Canadians identified as Chinese, making it the second largest visible minority group in the country after South Asians . We use the term “Chinese” to describe all ethnic groups in the People’s Republic of China (Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau) and the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Upon arriving to a new country, Chinese immigrants often face numerous cultural and language barriers which prevent them from accessing the health care they need. There is currently no existing structured course for teaching cultural competence at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In the pre-clinical years, students are...
KeywordsMedical Student Traditional Chinese Medicine Cultural Competency Chinese Immigrant Immigrant Patient
- 2.Statistics Canada (2008) Canada’s ethnocultural mosaic, 2006 census: national picture. Accessed 10 July 2012 from: www12.statcan.ca/census-recensement/2006/as-sa/97-562/p6-eng.cfm.