A program of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Department
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Celebrating Diversity, a program of the GME Department. Our goal is to educate residents around cultural competency and communication skills. Cultural Competence is the ability of healthcare professionals to communicate with and effectively provide high-quality care to patients from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds; aspects of diversity include - but go beyond - race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, risk factors, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and country of origin. We strive to create an institutional culture that supports education in cultural awareness and communication skills, and to celebrate the diversity that surrounds us. We do this through a variety of programs.
Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare have long been recognized. The combination of our growing diverse populations, increased documentation of the glaring differences in patient outcomes based on racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and communication differences motivate the imminent need to ensure that we are prepared to communicate effectively and provide care of the highest quality. We also embrace and promote opportunities to partner with community organizations in order to enhance resident learning and to provide our patients with resources that reflect their holistic health needs striving towards a medical home model. We consider health to be defined as the World Health Organization sets forth “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” and root our efforts in working towards the holistic health of the patients and families we serve.
Dina Lieser, MD, FAAP
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