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EME-018: Diversity Competency Training

 
Diversity Competency Training: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages the requirement of training that ensures competency in working with and caring for diverse populations, including communities that differ in race, ethnicity, culture, age, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, socioeconomic status and disability.

This required competency training would encompass the following:

  • Providing definitions of the terms cultural competency, in race, ethnicity, culture, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and provide tools to develop a critical understanding of one’s own privileges and prejudices
  • Identifying and understanding of the ways in which traditions and beliefs of diverse patient populations affect the nature of professional relationships and patient care
  • Developing an understanding of the extent to which stereotypes can affect medical decision-making
  • Identifying strategies for recognizing patterns of health care disparities as well as barriers to quality health care, and providing clinically relevant strategies to combat them
  • Enhancing cross-cultural clinical skills, including history-taking, problem solving and promoting patient compliance. (HOD, 0411)*

 
*Currently under five-year policy review.