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Student body diversity: relationship to medical students' experiences and attitudes.
Acad Med. 2007 Oct; 82(10 Suppl):S85-8.AM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Multiple studies of undergraduate college students have demonstrated the effects of cross-cultural interaction and exposure to diverse ideas on a variety of educational outcomes. The current study was designed to extend this work into medical education, examining student body diversity and school-supported cross-cultural experiences on students' attitudes about diversity.

METHOD

Four-hundred forty-one rising fourth-year medical students from three schools with differing levels of student body diversity completed a 55-item questionnaire on their background, experiences, and attitudes related to cross-cultural diversity.

RESULTS

Medical students' attitudes about culture and health and their perspectives on societal issues related to diversity were influenced by their medical school experiences. Informal instructional interactions seem to have been most influential in shaping these beliefs.

DISCUSSION

The opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds to interact as part of the curriculum is an important means of promoting positive attitudes toward diversity in educational and social environments.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Colorado School of Medicine, 4200 East Ninth Avenue, C299, Denver, Colorado 80262, USA. Gretchen.Guiton@UCHSC.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17895700

Citation

Guiton, Gretchen, et al. "Student Body Diversity: Relationship to Medical Students' Experiences and Attitudes." Academic Medicine : Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, vol. 82, no. 10 Suppl, 2007, pp. S85-8.
Guiton G, Chang MJ, Wilkerson L. Student body diversity: relationship to medical students' experiences and attitudes. Acad Med. 2007;82(10 Suppl):S85-8.
Guiton, G., Chang, M. J., & Wilkerson, L. (2007). Student body diversity: relationship to medical students' experiences and attitudes. Academic Medicine : Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 82(10 Suppl), S85-8.
Guiton G, Chang MJ, Wilkerson L. Student Body Diversity: Relationship to Medical Students' Experiences and Attitudes. Acad Med. 2007;82(10 Suppl):S85-8. PubMed PMID: 17895700.
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