Cultural Competence And Health : Applying Medical Anthropology

1786 Words Oct 17th, 2015 8 Pages
Every person is unique when it comes to the way they choose to live and express themselves. In our everyday lives, we cross paths with different people who possess a wide diversity of cultures, values and morals. Some individuals who believe and practice the same culture may identify themselves differently from others or express themselves at different levels. After completing the exercise, Self-Assessment 1.4. Cross-Cultural Development, in the book Culture and Health: Applying Medical Anthropology by Michael Winkelman, I discovered many surprising skills that I possess. I will be reflecting on my answers and results while answering the questions from Self-Assessment 3.1. Cultural Competence Assessment which will reveal to me my cultural competence skill level, the important factors that affect my development of cultural competence and the main areas that I need to work on in order to improve my level of cultural competence.
To start, the cultural competence self-assessment revealed many things about me that I’ve never notice before. I have never taken the time to reflect this much on the cultural diversity that surrounds me. This self-assessment has really opened up my eyes to the cultural factors that I have taken for granted over the years and how culture relates to my field of study, biomedical biology. To begin, looking at my results of the exercise, the low score of three out of twelve reveals that I am not very ethnocentric. I don’t believe my culture and my beliefs…

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