Cultural and Linguistic Competency

The California legislature has passed AB 1195 which states that as of July 1, 2006 all Category 1 CME activities that relate to patient care must include a cultural diversity/linguistics component.

Definitions:Cultural competency means a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables a health care professional or organization to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency means the ability of a physician and surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient's primary language.

Faculty have been asked to include in their educational content relevant cultural diversity information relating to age, gender, race, socio-economics, sexual orientation, religion, language, ethnicity, etc. that impacts the care of the patient.