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Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural and Linguistic Competence:
Do We Have a Strategy?

Over the past 20 years, health professions schools have considered and wrestled with the importance of diversity and the teaching of cultural and linguistic competence. As the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse, more health agencies are seeking to have a workforce that reflects the general population in terms of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background.1 The […]
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Achievement of Cultural Competency
is an Ongoing Process

This edition of the journal focuses on cultural and linguistic competency and diversity. Healthcare educators have long recognized the importance of this topic. Understanding cultural competency concepts along with demographics and racial/ethnic diversity in the United States can be helpful to educators in preparing students for current and future optometric practice. Betancourt has defined cultural […]
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Humanitarian Missions as an Adjunct to Education

It has been argued that participation in humanitarian missions is beneficial for students. Such missions may provide distinct clinical encounters as well as other educational opportunities such as experiencing global health systems, diverse cultures and medical logistical planning. For example, international humanitarian missions have been demonstrated to be useful in otolaryngology residency training, providing surgical […]
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The Path to Cultural Competence
in Optometric Education and Practice:
a Timeline to Multicultural Clinical Excellence

The following report is one of two reports in this edition of the journal that highlight what ASCO has achieved over the past 12 years in the areas of cultural competence and diversity. (Click here to read the other report, “Diversity in our Colleges and Schools of Optometry.”) The cornerstones of the Association’s efforts have been […]
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Diversity in our Colleges and Schools of Optometry

The following report is one of two reports in this edition of the journal that highlight what ASCO has achieved over the past 12 years in the areas of cultural competence and diversity. (Click here to read the other report, “The Path to Cultural Competence in Optometric Education and Practice: a Timeline to Multicultural Clinical Excellence.”) […]
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ASCO Announces Winner
of 2017 Educational Starter Grant

Nicole M. Putnam, PhD, is the recipient of a 2017 Educational Starter Grant, which is provided by ASCO along with The Vision Care Institute, LLC, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. The grant will support Dr. Putnam’s education research project “An Inquiry-Based Approach to Teaching Sphero-Cylindrical Ametropia.” Dr. Putnam is an Assistant Professor […]
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Adventures in Minority Recruiting:
A Closer Look at Recruiting Minorities
at Southern College of Optometry

The number of under-represented minorities (URMs) in the profession of optometry is not congruent with the percentage of minority patients optometrists examine in practice.1 Awareness of this mismatch is an important starting point in reducing the gap in health disparities. Minorities report higher rates of patient satisfaction when they receive patient-centered care from racially akin […]
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Developing Military Cultural Competency
to Better Serve Those Who Have Served Us

Introduction The military culture is one of unique practices, traditions and beliefs that represent a shared unifying language with a distinct set of guiding principles.1 For many civilian healthcare providers without any prior military experience, immersion in this cross-cultural environment adds a layer of complexity and possible difficulty to the clinical exam that otherwise may […]
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Cognitive Strategies to Improve Patient Care
in Cross-Cultural Settings

Introduction Culturally appropriate patient care has been shown to result in positive health outcomes.1 Without culturally competent care — the ability to accept diversity and adapt to unconventional requests — cross-cultural experiences involving patients and healthcare providers can evoke emotional responses that can be detrimental to patients. Culturally competent care may be difficult to employ […]
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