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With increasing diversity in the U.S. population and continued evidence of health and health care disparities, it is critically important that health care professionals are educated on how their own and their patients' demographics (e.g., gender, income, race, and ethnicity, etc.) and cultural (e.g., language, religion, etc.) factors influence health, health care delivery and health behaviors. In 2000, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) introduced two standards about cultural competence that inspired medical schools to integrate cultural competence education into the undergraduate curriculum. The Tool for Assessing Cultural Competence Training (TACCT) was developed to advance these efforts.

An AAMC project—called "Medical Education and Cultural Competence: A Strategy to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care" made possible by The Commonwealth Fund—spurred the development of the TACCT to assess cultural competency training in medical schools. TACCT is a 67-item self-administered assessment tool that can be used by medical schools to examine all components of the entire medical school curriculum. TACCT enables schools to identify gaps and redundancies in their curricula, gather information from various stakeholders - students and faculty and serves as a blueprint of where, what and when cultural competence content exists in the curriculum. This enables schools to make the best use of opportunities and resources to integrate cultural competence content. The TACCT can be used for both traditional and problem-based curricula.

Resources

Original TACCT

Revised TACCT

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