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March 9, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Dean Talks to Pre-Med Students about Cultural Competence in Medicine

Dr. John Brose, Dean Emeritus of OU-HCOM, discusses Culture and Medicine with pre-med students. Shown here in front of screen.

Dr. John Brose, Dean Emeritus of OU-HCOM, discusses Culture and Medicine with pre-med students.

This Valentine’s Day was a sweet one for a group of pre-meds as they welcomed Dr. John Brose, Dean Emeritus of Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, to discuss “Culture and Medicine” with their class.

Brose’s presentation was part of the Pre-Med Transitions Seminar, a course designed to prepare juniors and seniors for medical school applications. One aspect of the class is to give students a better understanding of cultural competence in medicine. Guest speakers from the healthcare field and medical school, class activities, and community outreach are all part of the class experience.

After giving out chocolate to commemorate the tradition of Valentine’s Day, Brose captivated the attention of the group as he shared stories from the work he loves. Emphasizing the importance of understanding traditions and family culture in order to really impact the health of one’s patients, Brose brought forth scenarios and engaged the class in lively interaction.

“Treating the whole patient involves actually talking with the patient, asking questions to better understand. When we don’t understand the patient’s culture, we miss a lot.”

Brose brought a wealth of experience to share with the students to help them prepare for careers as physicians. He earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a postdoctoral fellowship from Ohio State University College of Medicine and, among other honors through his career, was selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Family Physicians.

Having served as dean at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine for 11 years, then as vice provost, Brose continues to contribute to the HCOM mission through teaching and admissions work.  He also is currently working with the College of Health Sciences and Professions in population medicine.


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