EM1812G "Preparing Physicians for an Evolving Demographic Landscape" (IM GR-121418)

The demographics of the U.S. and Texas, in particular, are rapidly shifting. Literature has shown that culture has a significant effect on living conditions, perceptions of healthcare and the health of individuals. As we think about the importance of culture on healthcare, it is inherent that healthcare professionals become better prepared to understand the role of culture and best practices to educate learners. Bias in healthcare is a significant contributor to healthcare disparities. It is necessary to focus on reducing bias and enhancing cultural appreciation for the populations we serve to improve healthcare disparities. In this lecture, demographic shifts will be discussed and models of methods to prepare healthcare providers and learners for an evolving demographic landscape.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the changing demographics of the US and the state of Texas
  • Discuss the Healthcare disparities
  • Review the relationship of healthcare disparities to culture competence
  • Review models of culture competence/healthcare disparities training
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 Ethics
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Photo: Shawna Nesbitt, M.D.Shawna Nesbitt, M.D.
Professor and Associate Dean, Minority Student Affairs
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Medical Director – Parkland Hypertension Clinic

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 Ethics


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