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Published: September 29, 2022

Show & Tell: Beyond Humility-Empowering Minoritized Learners Through Culturally Reflective Medicine


By Bright Zhou, MD

I’m excited to share a recent project I worked on with my advisor Dr. Alan Louie about how to re-imagine “cultural humility” curricula for marginalized trainees. As a medical student and trained Mandarin interpreter, I always felt a unique tension when working with my Chinese patients, that I felt wasn’t fully explored in traditional cultural humility frameworks. My visits were complicated by both similarities and differences with my patients in age, queerness, gender, educational status – intersectionalities that I felt couldn’t fully be addressed in a traditional cultural humility framework, designed for clinicians practicing outside of a marginalized community. We instead propose “Culturally Reflective Medicine” as a framework for marginalized trainees to explore these complexities with similarly-identified peers and mentors to help make medical education more inclusive for the diverse students our field continues to recruit. I look forward to hearing from readers about their thoughts on how to implement and expand upon Culturally Reflective Medicine.

Please feel free to message me at brightz@stanford.edu.

Bright Zhou, MD, MS | they/him
PGY-2 | Stanford O’Connor Family Medicine Residency
Stanford University | BAH ’16 Archaeology | MS ’16 Biology | MD ’21

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