Cross Cultural Care

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Cross Cultural Care

Alex Green, MD MPH
Lidia Schapira, MD

Goals and Achievements
Workshops and events 

Fall 2015 Meetings: 
Friday, September 11th 2:00-3:30PM TMEC 212: RSVP
Wednesday, December 9th 3:30-5:30PM TMECC 212: RSVP

Spring 2016 Meetings: Locations not yet finalized
Friday, March 4th 3:00-4:30PM: RSVP
Wednesday, May 25th 3:30-5:00PM: RSVP

Goals and Achievements:

The specific goals of the interest group include: (1) Integrating educational experiences and teaching on cross-cultural care into all core courses in the existing HMS curriculum where it is reasonable to do so; (2)Ensuring that students are taught by faculty members who are well versed in the concepts, principles, and skills of cross-cultural care; (3) Monitoring the quality of cross-cultural care education provided by HMS to medical students through feedback from students and formal evaluation; (3) Developing educational opportunities for medical students, faculty members, and others in the Harvard medical community to learn about cross-cultural care; (4)Undertaking, presenting and publishing scholarly work on the topic of cross-cultural medical education that fosters Harvard Medical School’s leadership role on these issues nationally.

We have a diverse, enthusiastic and experienced group of educators who share a passion for cross cultural care, some have international backgrounds and others work with underserved communities in some professional or volunteer capacity. Our main accomplishment for AY 14 was the November ’13 Symposium. The program was well attended and well received. Rich Schwarzstein offered a stimulating introduction and the faculty then participated in 2/4 workshops each. The workshops addressed: 1) understanding the core curriculum and examples of successful integration into courses and clinical rotations, 2) recognizing pathways that promote critical thinking and expose bias (conscious and unconscious) c) modeling and teaching strategies for resolving disputes and conflicts that arise in the setting of team learning, and d) exploring pedagogic methods used to teach students, residents and fellows who choose  global health electives and rotations in foreign countries.

For the second half of the academic year we held joint meetings with the Cross Cultural Care Committee and focused on the new curriculum. We discussed ways of inserting and integrating CCC into courses and electives and talked about how we could provide guidance to HMS faculty going forward. Members with experience in simulation, mentorship of students rotating through community centers and formal coursework dedicated to understanding CCC, each gave brief presentations to the group. HMS students participated in the final meeting of the academic year and expressed interest and commitment to the core mission of this interest group. We expect to work jointly with faculty and students going forward and to collaborate with faculty designing the new curriculum. We also plan to repeat each of the workshops ( 4 x 60-75 minute sessions) developed for the Symposium to increase opportunities for faculty development in cross cultural education.

Workshops and Events 

Academy Faculty Development Workshop: From Minefields to Learning Opportunities: Managing Sensitive Issues about Culture, Race, Ethnicity, Sexual orientation and Gender Identity in the New Pathways Curriculum
Friday October 9, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM TMEC 328
Alexander R. Green, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Co-chair, Academy Interest Group on Cross Cultural Care, HMS
Lidia Schapira, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Co-Chair Academy Interest Group on Cross Cultural Care, HMS

The practice of medicine takes place in the context of the social, political and cultural environment of our times, and the teaching of medicine must take that into account. Generational differences and deeply held opinions may lead to tension and even conflict between students and faculty around issues of culture, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other factors. These issues can interfere with our ability to create an inclusive and stimulating learning environment for students. In this workshop, we will use case studies of real and composite situations that have occurred at HMS to explore how faculty can best handle sensitive issues that arise in medical school courses. We will convene a group of experts and address techniques for avoiding and resolving conflict that will provide faculty with the necessary tools to handle these issues empathetically and strategically and to take a proactive approach.

Break out groups:

Option 1:
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 

Jennifer E. Potter, MD
Fidencio Saldaña, MD, MPH 

Option 2:
Communication and Conflict

Lidia Schapira, MD 
Darshan H. Mehta, MD 

Option 3:
Race and Ethnicity

Martha Cesena, MD
Augustus A. White III, MD, PhD

Option 4: 
Socio-demographic Identifies in Case Studies

Alexander Green, MD
Karen M. Winkfield, MD, PhD
Helen Marie Shields, MD 

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