ASCO Cultural Competency Case Study Competition for Optometry Students and Residents

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Sponsored by the ASCO Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee for two consecutive years, with generous support from Walmart, this competition for optometry students and residents bestowed $2,500 awards to several winning student and resident recipients.

Entrants were asked to describe a patient-based encounter in detail, in any aspect of their clinical education, and how cultural competency played a role. The case studies received offered details regarding patient-centered attitude, knowledge and skills and the cultural background of the clinical participants involved and patients seen, as well as the dilemma or circumstance pertaining to cultural awareness/competency.

Case studies described how the situation was handled and what was learned from it. The goal of asking for case studies of this nature was to make available for future use the best examples — ones that would ultimately help teach others how to handle similar situations. Currently, the winning and other highly-rated entries are being edited and compiled into a collection that will be available to faculty and students at ASCO schools and colleges via this web page. Please check back for the compilation.

If you have questions, contact Ms. Carol Brubaker at cbrubaker@opted.org.