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Cultural Safety

Based on the accreditation element on cultural safety, the medical curriculum must provide opportunities for our students to learn to recognize and appropriately address gender and cultural biases in themselves, in others, and in the health care delivery process.

The Professional Portfolio course at Schulich Medicine provides opportunity for students to develop awareness of their own biases under a year-long mentor relationship during each of the first three years of the program.

Portfolio mentors work with students individually to explore underlying assumptions and facilitate awareness of alternative perspectives that might differ from the student’s.  As well consideration of bias is given specific emphasis during Patient Centred Clinical Methods and Patient Centred Clinical Integration & Application (PCCIA).The curriculum must also include instruction in the following:

Schulich’s Social Medicine and Population Health course as well as PCCIA topics are used to address these important curricular items