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A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care is a continuing medical education activity:

This continuing medical education activity is jointly sponsored by Ciné-Med Inc. and Astute Technology.

Supported through unrestricted monies from the Office of Minority Health at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

“Informative, relevant, and engaging...A marvelous e-learning program that will improve the quality of care provided to all patients .... This is likely to be the ‘gold standard’ in cultural competency training for many years to come!” Robert C. Like, MD, MS
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Accreditation Information

Faculty and Learning Objectives
Goal/Statement of Need
Target Audience and Accreditation Information
Credit Designation
Disclosure Statement
How to Obtain Credit


Dr. J. Nadine Gracia MD, MSCE
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health

C. Godfrey Jacobs
Program Manager
SRA International

Jonathan Merril, MD
Web, Video and Interactive Media Director
Astute Technology


Darci Graves, MA, MA, MPP
Senior Health Education and Policy Specialist
SRA International

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, participants should be able to:
  • Define concepts related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services in medical practice
  • Identify strategies to promote self-awareness about attitudes, beliefs, biases, and behaviors that may influence the nursing care or services they provide
  • Devise strategies to enhance skills toward the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services
  • Demonstrate the advantages of the adoption of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in their practice

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Goal/Statement of Need

Culturally and linguistically appropriate services help advance health equity, improve quality and eliminate health and health care disparities.

Persistent disparities, an increasingly diverse society, and an evolving health and health care system all underscore the necessity for providing services and care in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.

A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care equips physicians with awareness, knowledge, and skills in culturally and linguistically appropriate services to improve the quality of services and care provided in our nation’s health and health care organizations.

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Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Those interested in advancing health equity, improving quality and helping to eliminate disparities

Accreditation Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Cine-Med, Inc. and Astute Technology. Cine-Med, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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Credit Designation


Cine-Med, Inc. designates this educational activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only those credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Family Practice Physicians
This Enduring Material activity, A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 9 Elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins January 1, 2013. Term of approval is for one year from this date with the option of yearly renewal. This activity has been renewed from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
AAPA Logo This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 9 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of December 31, 2013. Participants may submit the self-assessment at any time during that period.

This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs.

Successful completion of the self-assessment is required to earn Category I CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70 percent correct.

Nurse Practitioners
This program is approved for 9.0 contact hours of continuing education by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Program ID 1212440. This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standards.

Obtaining Credit Hours:
For successful completion of this activity and to obtain credit hours, the learner must review the individual modules/content and obtain a minimum passing score of 70%.

Original Release Date:
December 6, 2004

Last Date of Review:
December 20, 2011

Expiration Date:
December 31, 2014

Estimated Time to Complete this Activity:
9.0 hours

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Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of Cine-Med, Inc. to insure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.  Faculty, course directors, and planners participating in an accredited program are required to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest.  This pertains to relevant financial relationships within the past 12 months with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect program content relevant to products or services of that commercial interest.  The intent of this policy is to allow for a determination to be made as to whether that relationship may constitute a conflict of interest that must be resolved.  Information that a faculty member, course director, or planner (including spouse/partner) has no relevant financial relationships will be provided to the learners. 

Dr. J. Nadine Gracia has no relationships to disclose.
C. Godfrey Jacobs has no relationships to disclose.
Jonathan Merril has no relationships to disclose.
Darci Graves has no relationships to disclose.

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How to Obtain Credit

To receive credit for this activity participants must read the online material, register on this site, complete the continuing education activity evaluation and credit request form, and score 70% or higher on the posttest. Deadline for submission of the evaluation and posttest expires December 31, 2014. Certificates and statements of credit are sent to the participant's computer. That's it-no need to wait for the certificate to be mailed to you!

Fees and Refunds

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services at no charge is offering this activity to the participant. Since no fees are being collected there is not a need to implement a refund policy at this time.

Should you encounter any difficulties please contact us. Please include a detailed description of the problem.

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The information provided in this continuing medical education activity is for general medical education purposes only. The information is not warranted to be inclusive of all approaches to a medical issue or exclusive of other methods for obtaining the same result. The material is not meant to substitute for the independent professional judgment of a physician or other health care professional relative to diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition. Cine-Med, Inc. and Astute Technology do not warrant the completeness, accuracy, or usefulness of any options, advice, services, or other information provided through this activity. In no event will Cine-Med, Inc., Astute Technology, its employees or its affiliates be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this activity.

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