Curriculum Co-design for Cultural Safety Training of Medical Students in Colombia: Protocol for a Qualitative Study

  • Juan PimentelEmail author
  • Germán Zuluaga
  • Andrés Isaza
  • Adriana Molina
  • Anne Cockcroft
  • Neil Andersson
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 861)


Cultural safety in medical training encourages practitioners, in a culturally congruent way, to acknowledge the validity of their patients’ worldviews. Lack of cultural safety is linked to ethnic health disparities and ineffective health services. Colombian medical schools currently provide no training in cultural safety. The aim of this qualitative study is to: (i) document the opinions of stakeholders on what a curriculum in cultural safety should teach to medical students; and (ii) use this understanding to co-design a curriculum for cultural safety training of Colombian medical students. Focus groups will explore opinions of traditional medicine users, medical students, and cultural safety experts regarding the content of the curriculum; deliberative dialogue between key cultural safety experts will settle the academic content of the curriculum. The research develops participatory methods in medical education that might be of relevance in other subjects.


Cultural safety Participatory research Medical education Colombia Thematic analysis 



This study is funded by the CEIBA Foundation (Colombia) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (Canada). The traditional medicine users from the “Seed of Life” community organization, the cultural safety experts at the Group on Traditional Health Systems Studies and the Center for Community Health Studies, and medical students from La Sabana University supported the project. Cass Laurie helped proofread the final version of the manuscript and supported its write-up.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Universidad de La SabanaChíaColombia
  3. 3.Universidad del RosarioBogotáColombia
  4. 4.Centro de Investigación de Enfermedades Tropicales (CIET)Universidad Autónoma de GuerreroAcapulcoMexico

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