Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. We believe diversity and inclusion are driving forces and indicators of excellence and innovation in academic medicine. The purpose of our office is to create programs and an environment that will promote the development and success of our diverse students, faculty, staff and community.
In alignment with the Association of American Medical Colleges, we define cultural competence in health care as “combining the tenets of patient/family-centered care with an understanding of the social and cultural influences that affect the quality of medical services and treatment”. The goals of our cultural competency curriculum are for students to: 1) demonstrate an understanding of how patients’ cultures and belief systems impact their experience of health and illness as well as their interaction with the health care system; and 2) demonstrate the capacity to provide patient/family-centered care to individuals from backgrounds different than his/her own in a respectful, compassionate and professional manner.