The importance of cultural competency in achieving clinical excellence in Medicine

The importance of cultural competency in achieving clinical excellence in Medicine

By: Danielle M. Ward, M.S., OMS IV

D.O. Candidate at Philadelphia College of
Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus

A large portion of the 2017-2018 President’s Executive Agenda for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) focuses on cultural competency because it is crucial to not only eliminating health care disparities but also to eliminating racism in medicine.
Cultural competency in medicine is broadly defined as having the ability to care for patients possessing different values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that differ from our own. It is a crucial component of becoming the clinically excellent physicians we all should strive to become, since so much of what we do as both medical students and future physicians revolves around providing care for individuals who differ greatly from ourselves. Whether we are dealing with individuals from a different religion, race, sexual orientation, or gender, it is important to understand and be empathetic toward any differences encountered.

 

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JSNMA is the flagship publication of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). As the voice of the SNMA, it serves as an educational and outreach tool to upcoming doctors and researchers. Journal topics include medical education, research, health advocacy, career opportunities, cultural competency and community outreach.

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About the Author: JSNMA is the flagship publication of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). As the voice of the SNMA, it serves as an educational and outreach tool to upcoming doctors and researchers. Journal topics include medical education, research, health advocacy, career opportunities, cultural competency and community outreach.

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