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CAST: Cultural Awareness Simulation Training: A Novel Way to Train Learners in Cultural Competency

Objective/Background: Cultural competency is the ability of providers to provide

health care in the context of the patient’s cultural, social, and linguistic needs. It is a skill that all medical

students, residents, and attending physicians must have to provide their patients with high quality care.

But how can you teach such an important and abstract concept? We introduce CAST as a novel way of

training your learners in cultural competency. With CAST your learners will become more effective

communicators with patients of diverse cultural backgrounds, making them better physicians.

Workshop agenda: The workshop will begin with a brief presentation on “CAST” and the process

involved including the creation of supplementary materials such as a communication evaluation

checklist and pre-/post-simulation surveys. An abbreviated role-play of the simulation with Haitian

Creole patients will be presented. In small groups, participants will create their own simulation and

brainstorm how this method can be applied at their parent institution. Participants will also practice

using our supplementary materials. Large group discussion will follow to highlight the strategies that

were identified in small group.

Interactive Component: Small group collaboration to create cultural competency simulation pertinent to

participants’ parent institute.

Take home product: Communication evaluation form, pre/post-simulation surveys, and methods for

creating a cultural competence simulation at participants’ parent institution.

Key words: Cultural Competency, Simulation, Faculty Development

Topics: General Ob-Gyn, Standardized Patient, Simulation, Assessment, UME, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Professionalism, Patient Care, Clerkship Coordinator, Clerkship Director, Faculty, 2019, Faculty Development Seminar,

General Information

Faculty,Clerkship Director,Clerkship Coordinator,
Patient Care,Professionalism,Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,
Assessment,Simulation,Standardized Patient,
Clinical Focus
General Ob-Gyn,

Author Information

Rebekah Valthaty, MD, Archana Pradhan, MD, Chloe Phillips, MS4

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