How should ethnic diversity be represented in medical curricula? A plea for systematic training in cultural competence

Michael Knipper, Conny Seeleman & Marie-Luise Essink-Bot
Ethnic diversity has become a common reality in European societies, including those of Germany and the Netherlands. Given that ethnic minority groups and immigrants are known to be especially vulnerable to inequalities in health, access to services and quality of care, the need for cultural competency training in medical education is widely acknowledged. This paper presents four key issues in providing medical students and physicians with the knowledge, attitudes and skills to adapt medical care...