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Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Reducing Health Inequities through Medical Education - A Longitudinal Curriculum in Cultural Competency and Health Disparities


Elizabeth LeeRey, MDElizabeth Lee-Rey, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Principal Investigator
Albert Einstein College of Medicine



  • Teaching Cases Exploring Cross-Cultural Care
  • A Cultural Competency Case book that was created by faculty as a result of a Train the Trainer workshop on development of cross cultural teaching cases and a project of the Einstein Faculty Task Force on Disparities and Cross-Cultural Training and sponsored by the Center to Reduce and Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (BxCREED).

  • Generalist Physician Anatomy Faculty (GPAF) Program

    Generalist clinicians join the anatomists in teaching Anatomy to first year Einstein medical students. In the Anatomy Course the traditional cadaver dissection goes beyond normal anatomy. Einstein students experience the cadaver as their “first patient”. Students begin to learn clinical reasoning as they are encouraged to understand something more about their cadaver’s health and illness during life. Primary care physicians (general and family medicine faculty) meet with students in 3 face to face meetings as well as, on line exchanges throughout the course.

  • GNYHA Resident Assessment Tool on Cultural Competence

    A web-based cultural competency assessment tool for primary care and specialty residency programs. A series of video vignettes, test questions and answers were co-developed and incorporated into web assessment tool. Case vignettes illustrate use of interpreters, provision of patient-centered care and examples of the use of the explanatory model. This has been test piloted at residency programs at five Greater New York Hospital Association(GNYHA) member teaching hospitals and among several specialty programs and traditional primary care residency programs. This was sponsored by the GNYHA Foundation to advance and evaluate cultural competency training in member institutions residency training programs, and identify areas where curricular enhancements are needed.




  • NCME @ Health Literach Annual Research Conference
    • Two workshops on cultural competency and MedEdPORTAL
    • October 17-18, 2011, Chicago, IL
  • RWJ National Health Plan Collaborative Toolkit
    • This toolkit has resources, lessons, best practices and case studies to assist health plans reduce disparities.
  • AHRQ Health Literacy Toolkit
    • The toolkit can help your practice and communicate with patients.
  • Stopping Discrimination Before it Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Healthcare Disparities
  • Curricular Products from the National Consortium for Multicultural Education for Health Professionals
  • Conferences:
    • AAMC annual meeting 2010
      • November 5-10, Washington, DC
    • APHA annual meeting 2010
      • November 6-10, Denver, CO