Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Cultural Competency Curriculum

The Graduate Medical Education Cultural Competency Curriculum is an 18-month curriculum with bimonthly sessions designed to provide the resident physician with the knowledge and tools for providing patients with the optimum culturally-sensitive care.  The Curriculum focuses on interpersonal communication skills, healthcare challenges of unique patient populations and health disparities.

Objectives

By the completion of this curriculum, learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize the diversity of the patient population including but not limited to diversity in gender, age, culture, race, religion, disabilities, and sexual orientation.
  2. Critically appraise how our unconscious biases influence our approach to treating different populations.
  3. Discuss strategies for cultural sensitivity in the clinical setting for various populations.
  4. Discuss health disparities through the lens of health care costs for vulnerable populations.

Cultural Competency Curriculum Topics

Interpersonal skills
Unconscious bias
Microaggressions
Transference/countertransference
Cognitive bias

Healthcare challenges of unique patient populations
Refugee healthcare
The Care of the Deaf Patient
LGBT Health
Health care costs and the underserved
Structural racism in medicine