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Diversity at UNM

Provide high-quality care to diverse patient populations through culture and diversity training during your medical school education. Your coursework at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine can help you gain cultural competency and understand its importance in combating health inequities.

Cultural Competency in Health Care

Changing demographics of communities in New Mexico means that you’ll come into contact with patients of diverse educational, cultural and linguistic backgrounds throughout your career. At the UNM School of Medicine, you’ll benefit from diversity education that focuses on improving health outcomes for patients who have historically received unequal care.

Training to Overcome Cultural Barriers

Learn how diversity, public health, and patient-provider communication intersect in clinical environments. The Diversity of Human Experience curriculum at the UNM School of Medicine builds professional skills to help you:

  • Communicate across different cultures and languages
  • Empower patients to take an active role in their care and ask questions
  • Reduce health inequalities
  • Improve patient satisfaction

Established Program with Experienced Instructors

Gain comprehensive, practical knowledge to understand and address disparities from knowledgeable instructors. For more than 10 years, the UNM School of Medicine’s cultural competency program has prepared physicians for successful careers and lifelong learning in patient-focused care.

LCME Core Competency Standards

According to standards set by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), cultural competency is an essential part of your medical education. Diversity education can help you understand gender and cultural biases that affect health care quality and effectiveness – for example, racial disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases – as well as your personal biases. 

 Contact Us

Find out how the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity can help you succeed as a faculty member, staffer or student. Call 505-272-2728 or email us today.