Office of Minority Health's Cultural Competency Online Training

First year medical students and second year dental students are asked to complete the Office of Minority Health Family Physician's Guide to Culturally Competent Care as part of their professionalism coursework. The online program is free. You can earn 9 free CME credits (Physicians), 9 CME credits (Physician Assistants), 9 CNE credits (Nurses) or 9 contact hours (0.9 CEUs; Pharmacists) while exploring engaging cases and learning about cultural competency in health care.

The Office of Minority Health Culturally Competent Nursing Care: A Cornerstone of Caring is a free online educational program addressing cultural competency in healthcare designed specifically for nurses. The National Association of Social Workers and American Nurses Credentialing Center accredit it for 9.0 contact hours for nurses; the deadline for submission of the evaluation and posttest expires June 30, 2014. 

Additionally, Think Cultural Health, a website under the Office of Minority Health Department of Health and Human Services, hosts several cultural competency continuing education programs.


AAMC Tools for Assessing Cultural Competency Training (TACCT)

The American Association of Medical Colleges' Tool for Assessing Cultural Competence Training (TACCT) is an important instrument for measuring cultural competence in the undergraduate medical school curriculum at the University of Maryland. Each year, the following domains are addressed:

  • Year 1: "Health Disparities and Factors Influencing Health"
  • Year 2: "Cultural Competence and Key Aspects of Cultural Competence"
  • Year 3: "Understanding Impact of Stereotyping on Medical Decision-Making"
  • Year 4: "Cross-Cultural Clinical Skills"

A 5-page inventory of online training resources on cultural competency and health disparities, some of which are available on this site, is available here.