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University of Pennsylvania

Cultural Competence-Health Disparities Training Program

Gail Morrison, MDGail Morrison, MD, FACP
Vice Dean for Education

Director of the Office of Academic Programs
Principal Investigator
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


Horace Delisser, MDHorace DeLisser, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Co-Principal Investigator
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


  • The major accomplishments of the Cultural Competency Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania include the publication of a book on cultural competency and the development of online instructional videos. Achieving Cultural Competency: A Case-Based Approach to Training Health Professionals, was published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2009 and presents 25 cases on a broad range of topics and issues related to cultural competency. The book also awards up to 25 AMA category 1 credits (1 credit/case) and physicians can obtain 6 credits per year for 3 years, awarded online by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME). Two of the cases from the book, George Dennis, a 35 year-old African-American man with AIDS, and Nadia Rosenberg, a 53 year old Russian Immigrant with drug-resistant tuberculosis, were developed into instructional online videos. Information about the book, the online videos and the CME credits can be obtained at www.med.upenn.edu/culture.




  • 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