Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most
shocking and inhumane.—Martin Luther King Jr.In the context of our increasingly diverse society, culturally competent
care has emerged as an important educational discipline in the training of
physicians and is an essential component in the broader effort to address
disparities in health care. The unique nature of this content area, namely,
the ways in which it resonates on a deep level with our racial identities,
national history, and core values, requires that we approach it with humility,
enthusiasm, and persistence.