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Abstract Details

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Curriculum for Neurology Residency Program
Health Care Disparities
P5 - Poster Session 5 (11:45 AM-12:45 PM)
4-003

Cultural competency is important for physicians to be aware of, as cultural differences play a key aspect in patient care. Previously we survey physicians at an outpatient clinic at an academic center to assess their level of cultural competence.  Physicians reported that regarding taking care of patients who are of different cultural backgrounds, they felt less knowledgeable, without the appropriate skills needed, and only somewhat prepared for those specific encounters.

Enhance cultural competency training specific to neurological conditions for neurology residents and faculty at an academic center. 
Throughout the academic year, there were four lectures specifically related to DEI. The target audience included faculty, residents, and staff. Topics discussed included Sexual and Gender Minority Health in Neurology (Dr. Rosendale), Achieving Equity and Justice in Neurology (Dr. Mejia), Race/Ethnic Disparities in Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (Dr. DeCarli), Global Burden of Neurological Disorders (Dr. Andino). Then, participants were surveyed to assess the impact and benefit of lectures. 
All survey responders (13) believed that receiving specific training in multicultural healthcare was very or somewhat beneficial. Of the participants, 61.5% found the lectures very informative, and 38.5% somewhat informative. 92.3% believe that healthcare outcomes would improve by continuing the DEI curriculum. After these lectures, physicians reported 53.8% feeling very comfortable and 46.2% feeling somewhat comfortable taking care of patients of diverse backgrounds. The post-knowledge assessment quiz also showed 93% correct answers.
Most physicians felt more comfortable and knowledgeable to care for patients of diverse backgrounds after implementing these lecture series. Future goals are to improve physician and staff collaboration by fostering a culture of inclusivity through workshops and Grand Rounds, promote health equity research at a local level for a better understanding of our community, and solicit and strategize on feedback for the long-term sustainability of the program throughout residency programs. 
Authors/Disclosures
Diana Andino, MD (UT Health Austin)
PRESENTER
Dr. Andino has received personal compensation in the range of $500-$4,999 for serving on a Scientific Advisory or Data Safety Monitoring board for Multiple Sclerosis American Association. Dr. Andino has received personal compensation in the range of $500-$4,999 for serving on a Scientific Advisory or Data Safety Monitoring board for EMD Serono. Dr. Andino has received personal compensation in the range of $5,000-$9,999 for serving on a Scientific Advisory or Data Safety Monitoring board for Genentech.
Sean D. Ruland, MD (Loyola University Medical Center) Dr. Ruland has received personal compensation in the range of $500-$4,999 for serving as an Editor, Associate Editor, or Editorial Advisory Board Member for Up to Date. Dr. Ruland has received personal compensation in the range of $500-$4,999 for serving as an Expert Witness for Law Firms.
Anam Syed, DO (Rush University Medical Center) Dr. Syed has nothing to disclose.
Fady Mousa-Ibrahim, DO (Nothwestern University Mcgaw Medical Center) Dr. Mousa-Ibrahim has nothing to disclose.