Diversity in Patient Cases!
Summer has arrived and it’s a great time to update your patient cases! If you think about the patient cases that you use in class, how much diversity is incorporated into them?
We know that for medical students, addressing diversity and cultural differences is imperative to ensure future physicians can competently care for the dynamic and increasingly diverse United States population. Medical students want to learn about diversity to broaden their educational experiences during medical school.
Another way to think about this is: “The conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, intersect with culture and affect a wide range of health functioning and outcomes,” “A diverse workforce and culturally skilled clinicians and scientists are a societal need.”
A great manuscript that I have linked in the show notes includes a checklist to guide case presentations to better reflect diversity. The checklists includes patient characteristics of race/ethnicity, sexual/gender identity, English language fluency, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, education level, and neighborhood. In this study, faculty members were asked to ensure each of their case scenarios incorporated at least two characteristics from the list and to consider these characteristics in guiding student discussions about how health disparities influence the delivery of patient-centered care.
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