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Project Inclusive: An Initiative to Improve Cultural Competency in Medicine

Last Updated: September 4, 2020


This resource teaches learners how to implement patient-centered counseling techniques into medical practice to provide unbiased support in shared decision-making and build stronger relationships with your patients. The module explores the clinical decision-making practices of providers and trainees in the prenatal setting. Participants will learn the techniques needed to follow best practices in patient-centered counseling. While this module is focused on prenatal genetic counseling, all providers can benefit from learning the communication techniques addressed in this program. This resource was developed with support from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC-PEG) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA). 

Learning Objectives:

After completing this online activity, learners will be able to: 
1. Identify personal implicit biases towards individuals with physical and/or intellectual disability. 
2. Illustrate principles of patient-centered counseling. 
3. Apply patient-centered counseling approaches to cases involving patients with disabilities in order to promote patient-centered care. 


Emma Vaimberg, MD, Johns Hopkins University
Lindsay Demers, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine
Eric Ford, PhD, Independent Scholar
Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, Columbia University
Blair Stevens, MS, CGC, University of Texas McGovern Medical School
Shoumita Dasgupta, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine (dasgupta@bu.edu)