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Health Careers Opportunity

Training and Development

The Office of Health Careers Opportunity offers cultural diversity training to students. First-year medical and dental students are required to participate in a mandatory cultural diversity simulation activity during orientation which is usually held at the beginning of the academic year. The purpose of this training is to build awareness on how cultural differences profoundly impact people in organizations; motivate participants to rethink their behavior and attitudes toward others; allow participants to examine their own biases and focus on how they perceive differences; examine how stereotypes are developed, barriers created, and misunderstandings magnified; and to identify diversity issues internally which must be addressed.