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Beagan B, Teaching Cultural Awareness& Ultimately it Makes No Difference, Acad Med, 2003; 78:605-613 Briefly reviewed by Steve Miller, Columbia University


Beagan B, Teaching Cultural Awareness… Ultimately it Makes No Difference, Acad Med, 2003; 78:605-613

Briefly reviewed by Steve Miller, Columbia University

This is a frank description of a first and second year course - aimed at developing social awareness. It has a great discussion of the competing mindsets of medicine - the detached, impartial scientist vs. the emotionally aware practitioner. Worth reading for the thoughtful description of these competing tendencies and for how you might evaluate the impact of this type of teaching.

(Do you believe that self awareness can be taught? SM)

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