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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
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,