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Academic Medicine Podcast

Mar 11, 2019

"I firmly believe in the power of health education to improve health outcomes, and as I continue to work in culturally unfamiliar situations, I must meet patients where they are, understanding their beliefs and the realities of their environments, to ensure that my recommendations are truly culturally competent." Pre-med student John Rees recounts a presentation on healthy eating he gave to a community outside Oaxaca, Mexico. He describes how this community taught him about the importance of cultural humility in medicine. His essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the March 2019 issue of Academic Medicine. Read his essay at