Pharmacy Practice Faculty Publications

Title

American College of Clinical Pharmacy White Paper: Cultural Competency in Health Care and Its Implications for Pharmacy Part 3B: Emphasis on Pharmacy Education Policy, Procedures, and Climate

Document Type

White Paper

Publication Date

12-2013

Journal Title

Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy

ISSN

1875-9114

Volume

33

Issue

12

First Page

e368

Last Page

e381

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/phar.1352

PubMed ID

24123272

Abstract

The Institute of Medicine has stated that greater diversity within health care professionals leads to improved patient outcomes. Therefore, greater diversity within academia and student bodies is required to create future diverse health care professionals. Cultural sensitivity is required from recruitment to physical environment for administrators, faculty, staff, and students. University, college, and department recruitment, search committees, hiring practices, and admissions policies and procedures need to be assessed to determine whether they reflect the applicant pool and patient populations in their regions and whether they are culturally sensitive to a wide variety of cultures. The mission, vision, policies, procedures, curriculums, and environments should also be created or reviewed, modified, and/or expanded to ensure that no administrator, faculty member, staff member, or student is discriminated against or disadvantaged because of cultural beliefs or practices. In addition to discussing the interplay between cultural sensitivity and academic policies, procedures, and environments, this article briefly discusses specific cultural issues related to religion, spirituality, race, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, veterans, physical, mental, and learning disabilities, and sexual orientation diversity.

Keywords

Cultural competency, diversity, education, nontraditional, pharmacy, physical disability, policy, sexual orientation, veterans, curriculum, disabled persons, pharmacy education, humans, organizational culture, organizational policy, personnel selection, school admission criteria, pharmacy schools, pharmacy students