WAMC New York News
4:03 am
Wed September 26, 2007

Doctors & Cultural Competency

Albany, NY – Cultural competence is a term coined to describe the ability of people of one culture to understand, communicate, operate, and provide effective services to people of another. With the number of minorities topping 100 million for the first time in 2006 - about a third of the U.S. population- modern medicine is embracing"cultural competency" with an initiative toward educating doctors about diversity, enabling them to better communicate with patients, establish trust and achieve better medical outcomes for all...

Doctor Toni M. McLaurin, is assistant professor of orthopaedics, at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases... she also serves on the Diversity Advisory Board of the AAOS - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. She tells Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas that AAOS has devised a test: a "Cultural Competency Challenge" you can take at home.

The test is online at orthoinfo.org/diversity.