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IU School of Medicine offers cultural competency training to ensure learners and faculty have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work effectively with patients and their families, as well as with other members of the medical community.

Cultural Competency Training

Programs for Faculty

IU School of Medicine offers cultural competency training to all learners, physicians, scientists, staff and educators to ensure each individual has the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that allow them to work effectively with patients and their families, as well as with other members of the medical community.

Program key:
1: Programs for medical students
2: Programs for graduate students
3: Programs for residents and fellows
4: Programs for faculty
5: Programs for staff

Implementing Conversations to Advance Racial Equity (ICARE) 1,2,3,4,5

Indiana University School of Medicine’s ICARE series seeks to prepare persons affiliated with the institution to lead action and conversations related to addressing systematic racism and race inequities.

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Annual LGBTQ+ Health Care Conference 1,2,3,4,5

a student at the pride parade is wearing a shirt that says The LGBTQ+ Health Care Conference is designed for health care professionals, learners, researchers, patients, community organizations and interested community members who seek to understand the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the LGBTQ+ population. Attendees will learn how to provide respectful, patient-centered, culturally competent health care by developing skills to establish rapport, recognize barriers to medical care, offer LGBTQ+ patients competent primary care and/or referrals to such care and identify the unique health risks in the LGBTQ+ population.

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Primary Care Reaffirmation for Indiana Medical Education (PRIME)1

The Primary Care Reaffirmation for Indiana Medical Education (PRIME) program is a HRSA grant funded initiative through the Medical Student Education program. PRIME began in July of 2020 and is designed to focus on the development of primary care skills, including equipping students with the abilities to care for underserved populations. To do so, the following curricular threads will be integrated to ensure students understand health disparities and the impact of systemic racism on health care.

  • Principles of Primary Care (with a focus on Telemedicine and point-of-care ultrasound)

  • Care for the Medically Underserved and Vulnerable Communities

  • Health Equity and Care of the Underserved: Education on the Impact of Systemic Racism and Care for Indiana’s Black Communities

Acting Against Disrespect: An evidence-based model for responding to incidents of disrespectful or discriminatory behavior 1,2,3,4,5

This workshop shares information on how to respond as a bystander to disrespectful and discriminatory remarks from patients and visitors.

Workshops 1,2,3,4,5

IU School of Medicine offers educational activities on unconscious bias, cultural humility, microaggressions and micro-resistance, cultural humility, safe space and LGBTQ+ care training, among others.

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Addressing Biases and Microaggressions in Medical Education elective for medical students 1

During this elective, students will review practice cases for intrinsic bias and microaggressions, as well as reformulate cases to mitigate the intrinsic bias and microaggressions and include evidence-based information about health care disparities and structural and social determinants of health for each particular case scenario.

Culture and Conversation 1,2,3,4,5

This monthly lunch discussion series addresses culturally relevant topics, health equity and current events. Culture and Conversation events are open to students, faculty, staff, administrators and leadership. Those who cannot attend in person may join via Zoom.

Cultural Awareness Town Hall 1,2,3,4,5

The Cultural Awareness Town Hall is a formal speaker series hosted annually to discuss salient issues related to current events and health professions. Previous topics include intellectual disability rights, religion and health care, and addressing bias.