Publication Date

Spring 5-16-2016

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Lynee Connelly

Abstract

Cultural competency serves as key component to medical training and education and increasing interest in international health experiences denotes a recent need to respond to globalized health and populations. Reflect, React, Exchange (RRE) is a co-curriculum aims to provide a revised and integrated framework and foster awareness via experience, exchange, reflection, and dialogue at the Clinica de Familia La Romana in La Romana, Dominican Republic. RRE utilizes theories which are appropriate to the transformative learning aims and integral curricular activities of the CFLR Global Health Experience, an 8-week, global health internship experience for health science. It provides students with the opportunity to learn about public health in a resource-poor settings through clinical observations; participation in projects of public health importance; and, opportunities for cultural immersion and integration. Students are expected to complete the program with increased cultural competence.

This capstone paper aims to deepen the learning experience of aspiring medical professionals in empathy and cross-cultural understanding. Reflect, React, Exchange is designed to introduce students to themes of cultural competency / humility, allowing them to self-direct and integrate their learning, as well as develop formative relationships. The program incorporates the contexts of the experience or the complexities of student and staff positionality and identity and foments a greater appreciation of socio-cultural factors and their impact in knowledge and skill-development in an international health elective. Ultimately, these abilities will improve care for patients and collaboration with colleagues of diverse origins .

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Educational Methods | International and Comparative Education | Medical Education | Service Learning