Mental Health Disparities, Diversity, and Cultural Competence in Medical Student Education: How Psychiatry Can Play a Role

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ObjectiveThe authors review recent developments in healthcare policy, including eliminating disparities in mental healthcare, increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce, and cultural competence. Following a discussion of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) standards, as they relate to disparity, cultural competence, and diversity, the authors discuss an action plan describing the role of psychiatry in addressing these issues.MethodsKey policy documents are reviewed for disparities, cultural competence, and diversity in healthcare and then in mental health specifically.ResultsImportant developments in healthcare policy regarding these areas have occurred.ConclusionPsychiatry can play a vital role in addressing disparities, cultural competence, and diversity in medical student education.

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