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Cultural Competency in Medical Education

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.

The cultural competency curriculum has been developed in partnership with the following campus and community partners: FAU LGBTQA Resource Center and Boca Raton Museum of Art.


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Last Modified 3/6/18