Mental health disparities, diversity, and cultural competence in medical student education: How psychiatry can play a role

Francis G Lu, Annelle Primm

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Abstract

Objective: The authors review recent developments in healthcare policy, including eliminating disparities in mental healthcare, increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce, and cultural competence. Following a discussion of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) standards, as they relate to disparity, cultural competence, and diversity, the authors discuss an action plan describing the role of psychiatry in addressing these issues. Methods: Key policy documents are reviewed for disparities, cultural competence, and diversity in healthcare and then in mental health specifically. Results: Important developments in healthcare policy regarding these areas have occurred. Conclusion: Psychiatry can play a vital role in addressing disparities, cultural competence, and diversity in medical student education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Education

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