Course: Risk Management Focus: Achieving Cultural Competence
Author: Rosemary Gafner
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 2
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 1.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 7/1/2013
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Tips on becoming more culturally competent.

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Risk Management Focus
Achieving Cultural Competence


“Cultural competence” is the ability to function effectively with individuals from a cultural or ethnic background different from your own. This brief course will familiarize you with some of the customs that can help you better care for diverse patients.


Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:

1.  Understand how appreciation for cultural diversity can help the physician care for patients from diverse populations.
2.  Recognize how cultural customs can affect a patient’s health care experience.

Target Audience
This course is designed for physicians who want concise information on caring for patients with different cultural backgrounds.


This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test.  Physicians should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring.  Those who complete the course with a score of 80 percent or higher will earn a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.


This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D.  Their CVs are available at

CME Information

Medical Risk Management, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.  Medical Risk Management, Inc.designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Commercial Support

This activity was developed solely by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without any commercial support.


Neither Dr. Gafner nor Dr. Schutte have anything to disclose.

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