Our mission at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is to train medical students, residents, and physicians to provide culturally effective and appropriate healthcare. This includes the ability to understand the language, culture, and behaviors of diverse individuals and their families. We aim to increase self-awareness and the potential cultural factors that affect interactions with patients.
Our innovative Cultural Competency Medical Education Program serves as a national model for the successful integration of cultural competency curriculum into medical schools, post-graduate residency programs, as well as continuing education programs.
We have developed user-friendly, self-instructional, case-based resources to assist with all aspects of teaching cultural competency for health professionals in training and practice.
Funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has made our programs possible.