Integration of Arab and Muslim Health Education Into a Medical School Curriculum

Date of Review: April, 2023

This resource is a cross-cultural training session for medical students about how to care for both Arab and Muslim patients. The resource is a single, approximately 3-hour session including an overview lecture on Arab and Muslim Americans and their health (30 minutes), small group viewing/discussion of a video on how to take a history and physical exam of a female patient who wears a hijab (60-90 minutes), and reading/discussion of related articles (90 minutes). The resource was initially delivered on Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic, but could rather easily be adapted for delivery in person. Overall, the resource seems to have been well-received by students, and provides information that can help inform many clinical team members provide more appropriate, competent care to Arab and Muslim patients. While some of the data in included Powerpoint slides may need to be updated over time (e.g. the sizes of Arab and Muslim populations in the U.S.), most aspects of the resource should be easily to implement with minimal adaptation over time. Some of the information presented in this resource may be well-known to individuals with prior knowledge of these patient populations; however, it seems likely that many learner groups (including practicing clinicians with little prior knowledge of how to care for Arab and Muslim patients) could benefit from this material. – Dave Liss, PhD, NCEAS

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University of Michigan Medical School

Where was the Curriculum Implemented:

Ann Arbor, MI

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