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FOREWORD

The CORD/SAEM Diversity Task Force, also known as the Cultural Competency Curriculum Task Force (CCCTF), was organized in 2003 by the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. The Task Force's primary objective was to develop a curriculum to incorporate diversity awareness, cultural competency knowledge and skills for residency training programs. The specific charge was to develop a module for emergency medicine residency programs to utilize in heightening awareness of diverse cultural issues and provide training to health care providers regarding these issues. The subject, cultural competency, continues to populate the literature, and is about awareness and acceptance of differing cultures, as well as awareness about our own inherent biases toward those of different backgrounds.

This monograph on cultural competency was developed for CORD and SAEM membership utilization. The materials were written predominantly by our colleagues in Emergency Medicine and initially placed on an internal website as the beginnings of a curriculum with subsequent revisions and development into this monograph. It is important to note that contributions to this monograph came from individuals who have membership in our leading organizations in emergency medicine including AACEM, AAEM, ACEP, CORD, NMA, and SAEM. We also acknowledge contributions to this monograph by those individuals in training, including pre-medical and medical students and EM residents, as well as others.

We are pleased that materials contained in this monograph have already been used to facilitate faculty and resident education and interaction on cultural competency. Elements of this monograph include chapters, cases and other resource material for faculty/resident education and interaction. It is to be used as a guide and is not a comprehensive document on cultural competency. The cases were developed with a focus on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies.

We extend an invitation to the CORD and SAEM membership to utilize this monograph at their home institutions and to develop additional chapters and cases that will further expand the teaching resources in this module. We recognize that this monograph is not exhaustive nor representative of all cultures across the spectrum of cultural competency in Emergency Medicine and we hope that any evaluation or feedback on its use will be forwarded to us.

If you are interested in developing a chapter, please contact Jane Carlson at janecarlson@ntelos.net . Jane is working with Dr. Marcus Martin as Consultant Editor for the project. If you would like to develop a teaching case, please contact Dr. Sheryl Heron at sheron@.emory.edu . The creation of this monograph has been a rewarding experience for us. We hope you will find this material both stimulating and challenging for the further development of cultural competency in Emergency Medicine.

Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH, FACEP
Antoine Kazzi, MD, FAAEM
Marcus L. Martin, MD, FACEP