Why is it important to be a person of cultural competence?

In case you didn’t hear about it, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston recently got themselves caught up in issues concerning matters of antisemitism. This is for the ‘fake friends’ post of Foxx, which received quite a huge amount of backlash.

Calling it antisemitic, people threw accusations for they claim Foxx pertained to people of the Jewish background. This very circumstance is the reason why we’re going to discuss cultural competence and its significance.

Both as a physician and as an individual, I believe that being culturally competent is of utmost importance for not only do we become more open and understanding; but it also prevents having a clash.

Tune in as we talk about this on this week’s podcast.

Why you need to check out this episode:

  • Understand what cultural competency means, and how people have different levels of knowledge about it, even within the same communities;
  • Recognize the importance of being a culturally competent individual; and
  • Discover words and phrases that people commonly use today that have significant racial undertones

“As a physician, one of the things that we’re taught all the time is making sure you recognize what is your patients’ beliefs, what is your patients’ values, because you can’t have a great doctor-patient relationship if you don’t acknowledge that [and] recognize the importance of it.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

Topics Covered:

00:00 – Today’s focus: Let’s talk about the importance of cultural competency in the field of medicine

01:27 – Quick definition: Cultural competency means…

03:27 – What happened: Jamie Foxx’s and Jennifer Aniston’s controversial Instagram posts

06:52 – A tale of two worlds: How matters of antisemitism were brought upon Foxx’s and Aniston’s posts

11:03 – It’s more historical than current: The importance of recognizing how there’s two different issues going on

13:02 – Watch this: A distinct example of varying levels of cultural competency among individuals

16:29 – Behind the backlash: Taking things at face value when there’s no context and intent

18:46 – Common words and phrases we use today that have significant racial undertones

[Check the YouTube video to see the list of words mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd4afIWjyAM]

20:23 – Extremely tough week, but we got to talk about cultural competency

Notable Quotes:

“I don’t see how you could be a great physician and not be culturally competent” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“That clash of the doctor-patient relationship is there, and usually, it’s because the cultural values aren’t being addressed, met, and more importantly—respected.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“A lot of people don’t realize that patients with advanced dementia, a lot of them don’t speak. And you may be wondering what in the disease process causes patients with dementia not to speak; it’s literally because they forget how to.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

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