Cultural Sensitivity in OB/GYN: the Ultimate Patient-Centered Care

Format Publication ID Version Published
Presentation, Case 1658 1 May 19, 2009
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver COM


This is a PowerPoint presentation with accompanying speaker notes suitable for presentation to healthcare learners at nearly any level of training: students, residents, fellows and faculty. The resource is designed to be used in an interactive style with learner participation. Practical suggestions are included to assist in a total assessment of the patient with emphasis on language barriers and cultural barriers. Varied simple clinical vignettes allow the learners to explore how cultural differences can impact care in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Culturally sensitive care allows the patient to more fully partner with the provider in achieving better health. The resource stresses the need for cultural sensitivity versus cultural stereotyping.


Elson M. Cultural Sensitivity in OB/GYN: the Ultimate Patient-Centered Care. MedEdPORTAL; 2009. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To identify cultural barriers which lead to health care disparities.
  2. To determine when and how to use an interpreter.
  3. To apply principles of cross-cultural communication to every patient encounter.
  4. To appraise and respond to cultural cues in the clinical setting.


  • Culturally-Sensitive, Language Barrier, Stereotyping (MeSH), Cross-Cultural, Interpreter, Mistranslation, Culture


  • Medical
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Patient Care
    • Professionalism

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Cultural Diversity/Cultural Competency

Organ Systems

  • Reproductive system

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development
  • Professional School
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Fellow
    • Resident

Instructional Methods

  • Lecture

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