Diversity in Medicine
Addressing Disparities in Healthcare 2016 Lecture Schedule
The University of California, Irvine, has developed a unique course regarding the diversity in medicine, with a focus on addressing the disparities in healthcare that many patients and populations face due to cultural misconceptions, miscommunication, and misunderstandings. This course is supported by the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, and the Program in Public Health and is open to all members of UC Irvine and the extended community (see ENROLLMENT below).
The primary goal of this course is to provide information that will assist health care professionals to maximize the quality of patient care in a diverse society. Health care professionals provide culturally competent patient care by focusing on the major concepts of awareness, clinical and communication skills, attitudes, and behaviors. By first understanding the impact of culture on patient care, one will begin to make the connection between cultural competency at the individual practitioner level and how that can be integrated into the health care system.
A second goal is to stimulate and promote interest in cross-cultural medicine among students. Diversity in Medicine: Addressing Disparities in Healthcare will familiarize students to new ideas emerging in the medical field, as well as expose students to the health needs of underserved communities. This course will allow students to explore clinical, public service, and research opportunities available in related fields.
Lastly, with the information and materials presented, a goal is to create a culturally friendly and diverse atmosphere at the UC Irvine School of Medicine and UCI Medical Center for students, patients, visitors, and the community.
This course will revolve around the four previously mentioned concepts of awareness, attitudes, behaviors, as well as clinical and communication skills. Students should keep these concepts in mind as they evaluate information presented in this course.
This course consists of a series of ten lectures, one each week, conducted by various healthcare professionals during the Winter or Spring quarter. All lectures will be held on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:50 p.m. at the UC Irvine Humanities Gateway (HG) 1800. Each class meeting is comprised of a formal lecture-style presentation with a possible discussion or question/answer session. Students are encouraged to participate and interact with the speakers. Please see the 2016 Lecture Schedule for the dates and topics of all lectures. Go to the DIM Archives page for the schedule from past years.
Medical students may enroll in the course for Transcript Notation. Undergraduates may enroll for 2 units pass/no pass credit under PubHlth 91 for Winter Quarter 2016. All community members are welcome to attend the lectures (although non-students will not receive credit). This course has been structured so that information presented will be beneficial to students and non-students alike.
For more information about this course, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at firstname.lastname@example.org, (949) 824-5594, or 103 MSTB , Irvine, CA 92697-1130.
In addition, you may contact the course coordinators at: DiversityinMedicine.email@example.com or visit the course website at www.diversityinmedicine.uci.edu.