Cultural Competency in the Curriculum

An emphasis on the importance of diversity and cultural competency begins prior to matriculation with our OCED Book Program. The OCED Book Program began in 2000 as a means of demonstrating to newly admitted students our commitment to diversity, cultural competency and fostering an educational environment that would create well-trained and culturally competent physicians. The books are sent to students upon admission to the school and are selected because they address culture, including the culture of medicine as practiced in America, and how culture impact our patients’ health outcomes and the health experiences.

Components of diversity and cultural competency education are interwoven throughout the entire required preclinical curriculum and are covered as subject matter in required clerkships. In the fourth year, students address cultural competency in service learning projects during the required Health of the Public rotation. Numerous opportunities for immersion experiences in community based health settings and in other countries exist for the students. Students make presentations to the entire campus on their service learning and immersion experiences, specifically addressing what they learned about another culture and how that impacts one or more aspects of health, disease, treatment and healthcare outcomes. Cultural competency is otherwise evaluated by assessment of clinical skills using standardized patients or for medical Spanish, through oral examination.

2000 The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
2001 Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
2002 The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing by Lori Arviso Alvord, MD and Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt
2003 If I Get to Five: What Children Can Teach Us about Courage and Character by Fred Epstein, MD, and Joshua Horwitz
2004 Far From Home: Shattering the Myth of the Model Minority by Mary Chung Hayashi, Founder of the National Asian Women's Health Organization
2005 Creative Healers: A Collection of Essays, Reviews, and Poems from The Pharos, 1938-1998 compiled and edited by Edward Day Harris, Jr., MD
2006 Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
2007 Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
2008 Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen
2009 The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death by Susan Pories, Sachin H. Jain, Gordon Harper, and Jerome E. Groopan
2010 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
2011 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
2012  A Waiting Room of One's Own: Contexts for The Waiting Room Project, complied and edited by Sarah Smarsh, Washburn University
2013 Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
2014 Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg (e-book)

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