University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM) Faculty Scholars Program in Health Disparities and Culturally Responsive Care
Due to my research and clinical interests, I was frequently called upon to facilitate small group meetings for medical students and internal medicine residents on topics related to health disparities. I have limited teaching experience, and it seemed that the teaching faculty at UAB had limited expertise and/or interest in teaching about health disparities. Therefore, I developed the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM) Faculty Scholars Program in Health Disparities and Culturally Responsive Care Program, a one-year faculty development program with the goal of generating a cadre of teaching faculty as institutional champions to support the further development, implementation, and evaluation of curricula designed to improve integration of training in health disparities and cultural competence across the entire spectrum of medical education within UASOM and all affiliated academic medical centers. The objectives of the program are to:
1) Provide education and training on leading, teaching and providing culturally responsive patient care in order to eliminate health disparities.
2) Develop knowledge and skills related to curricular design and innovation focused on enhancing the provision of culturally responsive care.
3) Promote leadership and career development in medical education through scholarly productivity such as publications and leading training initiatives for health care providers at all stages of training and clinical practice.
Ten faculty fellows were selected to participate in the program, which consisted of a half-day orientation in June 2015, followed by twice-monthly (2nd and 4th Mondays) in-person and videoconference meetings that concluded in Spring 2016. The videoconference format allowed trainees to participate remotely Throughout the program, all scholars were expected to work on an educational innovation project to develop, redesign, or evaluate curricula to enhance learning in health disparities, health equity, social determinants, and/or culturally responsive care. It is expected that their projects will culminate in publication in a peer-reviewed journal or repository (e.g. MedEdPORTAL). The scholars presented abstracts related to their project during the Annual UAB Research and Innovations in Medical Education (RIME) Week in September 2016. Dr. Tina Simpson’s (Pediatrics) project “Cultural Competence: LGBTQ Youth Module” won one of the $1000 awards for a Medical Education, Research, and Innovation poster during the 2016 RIME week.
UAB Internal Medicine Health Disparities Track
I supported and mentored Dr. Ashley Haddad, a former internal medicine Chief Resident, as she developed the health disparities track for PGY-2/3 internal medicine residents. Residents participate in quarterly didactic sessions on various topics in health disparities as well as primary care clinic sessions at a community clinic providing free care to uninsured/low-income patients.
I developed the UAB library guide on health disparities and culturally responsive care as a clearinghouse of information that may be used by health care providers for teaching, research, and clinical care.