By Jennie McKee
Program meets an unfulfilled need in resident training programs
How did a randomly selected group of 3,500 resident physicians in their final year of training rate their ability to deliver culturally competent care? Pretty low, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Weissman and associates in 2005. Residents scored their level of cultural competency far below their preparedness in other clinical and technical areas, noting that they had received little training, formal evaluation, or exposure to role models to teach them about cultural competency.