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Bridging the gap between physician and medical student education: using the Train the Trainer model to improve cultural competence training in the clerkship years of medical school

Authors Anderson PM, Vanderbilt AA

Received 23 January 2018

Accepted for publication 21 March 2018

Published 25 June 2018 Volume 2018:9 Pages 495—498


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Majumder

Paige M Anderson, Allison A Vanderbilt

College of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, USA

Abstract: Cultural competence (CC) training has become a required part of medical education to create future physicians dedicated to decreasing health disparities. However, current training seems to be inadequate as research has demonstrated gaps between CC training and clinical behaviors of students. One aspect that is potentially contributing to this gap is the lack of physician education of CC. Without it being something not only taught in the classroom, but also modeled and taught in the clinical setting, CC will continue to be a theoretical concept instead of a skill set that changes the way that future physicians interact with patients and make decisions about patient care. To change this, we propose the implementation of a Train the Trainer model in which the preclinical professor in charge of CC education trains Clerkship and Residency Directors who then can train and supervise the physicians and residents in their departments on CC to better implement it into the formal and informal curriculum of clerkships.

Keywords: cultural competence, Train the Trainer, physician education, undergraduate medical education, health disparities, clerkship curriculum
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