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Student JAMA
May 5, 2004

Cultural Competence Training in US Medical Schools

JAMA. 2004;291(17):2142. doi:10.1001/jama.291.17.2142

Cultural perceptions of illness have been reported to influence health-seeking behaviors, patient-physician communication, and health outcomes.1,2 Recent changes in US demographics have underscored the demand for cultural awareness in clinical settings, as the current minority population in the United States is projected to exceed 50% by 2056. The percentage of minority physicians and medical students, however, has not been increasing proportionately.3

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