A Video Training Series

Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Video Training Series - Cultural awareness and sensitivity are an important part of communicating with our patients. The scenarios in the video series show clinical situations in which providers' awareness of cultural differences and needs is vitally important to the patient experience and can affect the quality of care. The scenes are by no means all-inclusive, and they are not meant to stereotype any groups or individuals.  Rather, they will show a range of patients, with different clinical encounters, where cultural awareness and sensitivity come into play.

Training Overview

Avoiding Assumptions about Sexual Orientation


Understanding Traditional Beliefs about Medicine

Including the Family in Decision-Making


Avoiding Assumptions about Non-compliance

Respecting Religious and Cultural Beliefs

Working Together in Alternative Medicine

The purpose of the cultural competence assessment is to help the participant appraise their individual level of cultural competence in providing care prior to participating in the training.

The Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Video Training Series was developed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women. Past and present committee members, consultants and staff have contributed to the development of this video series. All have given graciously and willingly of their time and expertise.

The information in this program should not be construed as legal advice or medical advice, nor should it be construed as dictating an exclusive course of action or response.  Variations may be warranted based on patient needs or the setting in which care is provided.  Physicians should consult their personal attorneys about legal requirements in their jurisdictions and for legal advice on a particular matter.

Copyright 2013 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. All rights reserved. 


Alicia Luchowski, MPH
Health Care for Underserved Women/ LARC Program


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188
Mailing Address: PO Box 96920, Washington, DC 20024-9998