A curriculum for multicultural education in family medicine

Kathleen A. Culhane-Pera, Christopher J Reif, Eric Egli, Nancy J Baker, Rosanne Kassekert

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Background and Objectives: To deliver effective medical care to patients from all cultural backgrounds, family physicians need to be culturally sensitive and culturally competent. Our department implemented and evaluated a 3-year curriculum to increase residents' knowledge, skills, and attitudes in multicultural medicine. Our three curricular goals were to increase self- awareness about cultural influences on physicians, increase awareness about cultural influences on patients, and improve multicultural communication in clinical settings. Curricular objectives were arranged into five levels of cultural competence. Content was presented in didactic sessions, clinical settings, and community medicine projects. Methods and Results: Residents did self-assessments at the beginning of the second year and at the end of the third year of the curriculum about their achievement and their level of cultural competence. Faculty's evaluations of residents' levels of cultural competence correlated significantly with the residents' final self- evaluations. Residents and faculty rated the overall curriculum as 4.26 on a 5-point scale (with 5 as the highest rating). Conclusions: Family practice residents' cultural knowledge, cross-cultural communication skills, and level of cultural competence increased significantly after participating in a multicultural curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-723
Number of pages5
JournalFamily medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 1 1997


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