My name is Tiana Dorosz and I am from Hartford,WI. I am currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, studying Biology and Spanish, and pursuing a career as a physician assistant. My research mentor at UWEC is Dr. Anjela Wong, a professor of Education Studies who is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion. We are collaborating with Dr. Ezenaguin in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire. Together we are investigating how health care professionals define and apply cultural competence in their practice. In a country that is becoming increasingly diverse, this is an essential quality for medical providers to possess. Cultural competence can help eliminate health care disparities and better care for underserved communities and diverse populations. By interviewing health care professionals, we can examine the specific theories that these providers draw from and study how those theories may impact how care is administered. These interviews will also inquire about the cultural competency training that each provider has received, possibly revealing any deficiencies in this area. Ultimately, we hope this study leads to an increase in knowledge and awareness regarding cultural competence and its importance in our society. Upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, I will be attending a physician assistant program. I am applying to various programs across several states and will make a final decision by December 2020.
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