ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger

Winter 2013: Cultural Competency

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Contents

Cultural Competency: Dr. Eugene L. Anderson, ADEA Chief Policy Officer and Managing Vice President

Guest Perspective: Exploring the Cultural Evolution, Dr. Anthony Palatta, ADEA Senior Director for Educational Program Development

Campus Spotlight: Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

Educator Spotlight: Dr. Stuart Schrader, Indiana University School of Dentistry

Resources


Cultural Competency

Dr. Eugene L. Anderson, ADEA Chief Policy Officer and Managing Vice President

I don’t usually follow the Miss America pageant, but news of this year’s winner was hard to ignore. The iconic pageant harkens back to the 1920s, a time when nonwhite women were barred from the contest. That practice changed decades ago, yet this year’s winner, Nina Davuluri, drew attention nonetheless for being the first Indian-American to win the Miss America crown. Sadly, her victory generated a backlash from some pageant followers who faulted the judges for favoring a contestant they (the followers) perceived as insufficiently American. Ms. Davuluri has chosen Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency as the theme for her reign. Perhaps she will open a few of minds in the year ahead.

Our topic this month is also cultural competency. In the past, our schools often focused their efforts in this arena on teaching about race and ethnicity, but the dental education community is coming to understand that our definition of culture must be expanded to include other dimensions of diversity. ADEA’s Senior Director for Educational Program Development Dr. Anthony Palatta explores this evolution in his Guest Commentary. Then our Campus Spotlight takes us to the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (LLUSD) to learn how the teaching of cultural competency on that campus has evolved since LLUSD took part in a diversity initiative several years back. Finally, our Educator Spotlight profiles Dr. Stuart Schrader, who is creatively using OSCEs—objective structured clinical examinations—to improve students’ abilities to work with an often marginalized cultural group: patients with special care needs.

We would like to hear how your campus approaches cultural competency education. Please use the comment feature at the bottom of each blog post to continue the conversation with other ADEA CCI Liaisons.  


ADEA CCI Update

Upcoming Events

ADEA Regional Faculty Development Workshops
“Bringing IPE Home” 
Dec. 5–6, 2013 
Raleigh Marriott City Center
Raleigh, NC 

2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition
March 15–18, 2014 
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

RESOURCES
List of OpenCourseware Resources
Presentations from the ADEA CCI Summer 2013 Meetings  
Presentations from the ADEA CCI Summer 2012 Meetings
Presentations from the ADEA CCI Summer 2011 Meetings
Presentations from the ADEA CCI Summer 2010 Meetings
ADEA CCI white papers in the JDE
Educational sessions from past ADEA Annual Sessions (2010–2013)
ADEA CCI Resources for Curricular Change and Innovation

Profiled Campuses and Related Sites
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
Indiana University School of Dentistry

Cultural Competency 
Arnett MR, Forde R. Increasing student diversity and culturalcompetence as part of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry’s service mission. J Dent Educ 2012;76(6):721-7 

Rowland ML, Bean CY, Casamassimo PS. A snapshot of cultural competency education in U.S. dental schools. J Dent Educ 2006;70(9):982-90 

Gregorczyk SM, Bailit HL. Assessing thecultural competency of dental students and residents. J Dent Educ 2008;72(10):1122-7 

Hewlett ER, Davidson PL, Nakazono TT, Baumeister SE, Carreon DC, Freed JR. Effect of school environment on dental students’perceptions of cultural competency curriculaand preparedness to care for diverse populations. J Dent Educ 2007;71(6):810-8


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