Doctoral project: Cultural safety in medical education


Cultural safety in medical education: Transformative learning through co-designing serious games in Colombia

In Colombia, adversarial interactions between physicians and patients from other cultures hinder access to quality health services and reinforce health disparities. Cultural safety training of medical students could help bridge the cultural divide in health service. Game jams, participatory events to create games, could enhance the learning experience of medical students. A multi-study research program based on the participatory research framework comprised: (1) A scoping review mapped the current knowledge on cultural safety in health sciences education with a focus on game-based learning; (2) Two exploratory community-based transformative learning interventions explored the feasibility and acceptability of cultural safety training in Colombia. A sequential-consensual qualitative study developed a consensus of key elements for a co-designed curriculum for cultural safety training (3) A pilot randomized controlled trial explored the feasibility and acceptability of conducting a randomized controlled trial of game jam learning for cultural safety training. (4) A parallel group randomized controlled trial evaluated the impact of game jam learning compared with a standard lecture plus a workshop for cultural safety training of medical students in terms of self-reported intended patient-oriented behavior and transcultural self- efficacy. The qualitative evaluation explored the impact of the intervention on supervised clinical experience of the students.


Departamento de Medicina Familiar y Salud Pública de la Universidad de La Sabana

Grupo de Estudios en Sisteas Tradicionales de Salud de la Universidad del Rosario

Centro de Estudios Médicos Interculturales