Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Cultural Competency


Dr. Laura Witte



The diverse demographics of the country’s population require clinicians to recognize the importance of cultural sensitivity during patient care delivery. As healthcare disparities continue to rise, fostering and incorporating cultural diversity in the Physician Assistant (PA) didactic curriculum reduces health disparities and improves health outcomes. As a medical practitioner, there is a need to integrate the patient’s belief system and values when building a care plan. Awareness of health disparities during the training phase can generate the foundational principles for learners to provide quality and culturally competent patient care. Training clinicians to provide unbiased care is vital in reducing health disparities.

Keywords: Cultural Sensitivity, Curriculum, Medical Education, Physician Assistant


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