Culturally Effective Care for Refugee Populations: Interprofessional, Interactive Case Studies

Date of Review: January, 2019

This resource, from MedEdPORTAL, describes a 90-minute inter-professional, case-based learning session to engage early pre-clinical healthcare learners in discussion about social determinants of health as they pertain to refugees. The session includes a shared narrative by a member of the refugee community, a 15-minute introduction to the session, a 40-minute inter-professional case-based discussion facilitated by a standardized patient, and a large group debrief. Learners from all professions remained engaged throughout the exercise as directly observed by faculty facilitators, and most of the session learning objectives were met through the case-based discussion. This session included learners from 9 different healthcare professions, though the format could be adapted for use with greater, fewer, or different professions. The case format requires one facilitator for each small group and, as currently written, would likely be appropriate to scale to large group team-based learning without small group facilitators.— Brigid Dolan, MD, NCEAS & Katy Wright, PhD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


Department of Dental Clinical Affairs, University of Louisville School of Dentistry

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Louisville, KY

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Facilitator post-session survey; observation checklist to for facilitators to quantify student engagement

Outcome and Study Design:

Post only

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