Assessing Resident Physician Preparedness to Care for Culturally Diverse Patient Populations

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An ever-expanding body of evidence concerning racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care highlights the need for better training of the medical workforce to care for an increasingly diverse patient population. The project will survey resident physicians in their final year of training to determine characteristics that predict greater preparedness to provide care to minority patients. It will also assess cross-cultural education at the residents' graduate medical education training sites. Survey findings will directly inform efforts by key leaders in medical education, including the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Association of American Medical Colleges, to incorporate cross-cultural education into current training. In addition, project staff will provide self-assessment tools for residency programs. The California Endowment will cofund this project.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator:
Joel Weissman, Ph.D., and Joseph Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
$150,000.00
Approval Date:
July 9, 2002

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