Module 1: Social Determinants of Health and Cultural Compentency

In this two-part video presentation, you will learn about communicating across cultures, using an interpreter effectively, empathetic listening, the structural barriers that keep patients from seeking medical care, and stereotypes in medicine and how to address them in your own practice.

CME Information

CME Credit Available

You may claim CME credit after watching this activity.


After completing this session, participants will be prepared to:

  • Describe the phenomenon of structural racism.
  • Recognize stereotype threats.
  • Prepare to use interpreters more effectively in daily practice.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Fellows
  • Residents

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been designated by Baylor College of Medicine for 0.5 credit of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Term of Approval

April 1, 2020 through April 30, 2022. Original release date: April 1, 2020.

Disclosure Policy

The Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) makes every effort to develop CME activities that are scientifically based, accurate, current, and objectively presented. In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards for Commercial SupportSM, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) has implemented a mechanism requiring everyone in a position to control the content of an educational activity (e.g., directors, planning committee members, contributors, peer reviewers) to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests (drug/device companies) and manage/resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. Individuals must disclose to participants the existence or non-existence of financial relationships: 1) at the time of the activity or within 12 months prior; and 2) of their spouses/partners.

Baylor College of Medicine does not view the existence of interests or relationships with commercial entities as implying bias or decreasing the value of a presentation. It is up to the participants to determine whether the interests or relationships influence the presenter with regard to exposition or conclusions.

If at any time during this activity you feel that there has been commercial or promotional bias, please inform us by using the commercial bias comments box in the evaluation form. Please answer the questions about balance in the CME activity evaluation candidly.


The following individual(s) has/have reported financial or other relationship(s) with commercial entities whose products/services may relate to the educational content of this activity:

Planning Committee Members

  1. Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A.

    Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A.

    Cullen Associate Professor of Medical Ethics
    Baylor College of Medicine


    Nothing to disclose.

  2. Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Associate Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine

    • Honorarium Recipient: American Board of Internal Medicine
  3. Janet Malek, Ph.D.

    Janet Malek, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine


    Nothing to disclose.


  1. Mary Majumder, J.D., Ph.D.

    Mary Majumder, J.D., Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine


    Nothing to disclose.