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ERIC Number: ED451023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 6
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Cultural Competency Training in a New-Start Rural/Frontier Family Practice Residency Program: A Cultural Immersion Integrative Model.
Doty, Barbara J.; Pastorino, Ray
The Alaska Family Practice Residency (AFPR) is a graduate medical education training program for family physicians headed for rural and remote practice sites. Located in Anchorage and affiliated with the University of Washington family practice residency network, the program has an integrated curriculum aimed at preparing family physicians to practice in rural or frontier communities with scarce resources, small populations, and strong influences by indigenous cultures. With 21 Native language groups and over 250 tribes located in roadless areas that experience harsh weather, residents are challenged to establish effective streams of care coordination and communication for their patients through creative use of technology. The cultural focus is integrated throughout all aspects of curricular design and implementation. Alaska Native elders provide exposure to cultural competency issues and orientation to Native healing concepts, and all first-year clinical and didactic components are intentionally cross-linked to cultural implications at the community level. Other cultural elements include a required rotation in "transcultural medicine" for both first- and third-year residents, a 6-week cultural and rural immersion experience for second-year residents in the bush community of Bethel, and two 4-week blocks of "rural practicum" for third-year residents focusing on practice management and personal lifestyle survival skills. Program successes and ongoing evaluation are briefly discussed. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska