Are we making a difference? What impact does cultural awareness curriculum have on student’s attitudes? Second results from a longitudinal study

Janie Dade Smith, S Springer, S Sargeant

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Background: To improve the health status of Indigenous Australians all health professionals work in a culturally safe way. Many initiatives are occurring in Australia to teach compulsory cross cultural education to health professionals. However there is little evidence that any ofthese programs have a long term impact on their practice
Summary of work: Since 2012 Bond University Medical School has been conducting a significant cultural awareness program, that includes cultural immersion. To measure the impact of these activities on student’s attitudes and behaviours we undertake a 5 year longitudinal study using a validated cultural awareness and cultural competence scale survey.
Summary of results: Initial findings (n=280) have revealed positive shifts amongst first and third year undergraduate medical students. The most notable differences occurred within knowledge acquisition, retention and dissemination(items 18–20, p<0.001). Institutional and curricular influences also showed positive directions after the cultural immersion [4].
Discussion: These initial findings are very pleasing and indicate that the cultural awareness and cultural immersion program is having an impact.Conclusion: Cultural immersion has a great potential to elicit positive shifts in attitudinal and knowledge related aspects of cultural awareness in the early stages of amedical curricula.Take-home message: Cultural education and immersion can impact on attitudinal change and resulting medical practice. Sharing this information will assist others who are teaching into these programs.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017
EventThe Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference: The Power to Surpise - Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 26 Aug 201730 Aug 2017
https://amee.org/conferences/amee-past-conferences/amee-2017

Conference

ConferenceThe Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference
Abbreviated titleAMEE 2017
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period26/08/1730/08/17
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    Smith, J. D., Springer, S., & Sargeant, S. (2017). Are we making a difference? What impact does cultural awareness curriculum have on student’s attitudes? Second results from a longitudinal study. Abstract from The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference, Helsinki, Finland.