Curricular Framework: Core Competencies in Multicultural Geriatric Care

Authors

  • George Xakellis MD,

    1. From the *University of California, Davis, SUNY Upstate UniversityUniversity of California Office of Health Affairs, §University of California, Los Angeles, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, #University of California, San Franscisco, and **Stanford University School of Medicine
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  • Sharon A. Brangman MD,

    1. From the *University of California, Davis, SUNY Upstate UniversityUniversity of California Office of Health Affairs, §University of California, Los Angeles, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, #University of California, San Franscisco, and **Stanford University School of Medicine
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  • W. Ladson Hinton MD,

    1. From the *University of California, Davis, SUNY Upstate UniversityUniversity of California Office of Health Affairs, §University of California, Los Angeles, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, #University of California, San Franscisco, and **Stanford University School of Medicine
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  • Vida Y. Jones PhD,

    1. From the *University of California, Davis, SUNY Upstate UniversityUniversity of California Office of Health Affairs, §University of California, Los Angeles, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, #University of California, San Franscisco, and **Stanford University School of Medicine
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  • Donna Masterman MD,

    1. From the *University of California, Davis, SUNY Upstate UniversityUniversity of California Office of Health Affairs, §University of California, Los Angeles, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, #University of California, San Franscisco, and **Stanford University School of Medicine
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  • Cynthia X. Pan MD,

    1. From the *University of California, Davis, SUNY Upstate UniversityUniversity of California Office of Health Affairs, §University of California, Los Angeles, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, #University of California, San Franscisco, and **Stanford University School of Medicine
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  • Jorge Rivero MD,

    1. From the *University of California, Davis, SUNY Upstate UniversityUniversity of California Office of Health Affairs, §University of California, Los Angeles, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, #University of California, San Franscisco, and **Stanford University School of Medicine
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  • Margaret Wallhagen RN, PhD,

    1. From the *University of California, Davis, SUNY Upstate UniversityUniversity of California Office of Health Affairs, §University of California, Los Angeles, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, #University of California, San Franscisco, and **Stanford University School of Medicine
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  • Gwen Yeo PhD

    1. From the *University of California, Davis, SUNY Upstate UniversityUniversity of California Office of Health Affairs, §University of California, Los Angeles, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, #University of California, San Franscisco, and **Stanford University School of Medicine
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  • Recommendations of the University of California Academic Geriatric Resource Program and the Ethnogeriatrics Committee of the American Geriatrics Society
    Prepared by the Cultural Competencies Writing Group, a collaboration of leaders in geriatric education from the University of California and the American Geriatrics Society

Address correspondence to Gwen Yeo, PhD, Stanford Geriatric Education Center, VAPAHCS, Bldg 4 (182B-SGEC), 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304. E-mail: gwenyeo@stanford.edu

Abstract

Strategies to reduce the documented disparities in health and health care for the rapidly growing numbers of older patients from diverse ethnic populations include increased cultural competence of providers. To assist geriatric faculty in medical and other health professional schools develop cultural competence training for their ethnogeriatric programs, the University of California Academic Geriatric Resource Program partnered with the Ethnogeriatric Committee of the American Geriatrics Society to develop a curricular framework.

The framework includes core competencies based on the format of the Core Competencies for the Care of Older Patients developed by the Education Committee of the American Geriatrics Society. Competencies in attitudes, knowledge, and skills for medical providers caring for elders from diverse populations are specified. Also included are recommended teaching strategies and resources for faculty to pursue the development of full curricula.

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