University of Leicester part of scheme to enhance cultural training for medical students

Posted by ap507 at Nov 28, 2014 10:40 AM |
Members of a Europe-wide initiative aiming to improve the cultural competence of medical students are to converge on the University campus in December

Medical students at the University are to receive training in how to become ‘culturally competent’ as part of the medical curriculum as a consequence of widespread migration across Europe.

Members of a Europe-wide initiative, Culturally Competent in Medical Education (C2ME), to equip medical students and their educators with cultural skills – alongside lifesaving ones – will converge at the University from 1-2 December.

C2ME is a consortium involving 14 partners across 11 countries – and Leicester is the only university in England that is in the consortium.

Consortium member Professor Nisha Dogra (pictured) from the School of Psychology said the key aim of the project is to ensure that staff teaching medical students - both doctors and other staff - are aware of their own identities and views on the subject as this can influence what and how they teach medical students about diversity.

In 1997 Professor Dogra developed an innovative programme to teach medical students about cultural diversity and since then she has been involved in educational developments in this field both national and internationally. Professor Dogra was one of the founders of the Diversity in Medicine and Health (DIMAH) group and is the current chair.