SAGES ACCME Compliance: Cultural and Linguistic Competency

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Essentials and Standards the following The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) policy applies to Assembly Bill 1195.

Policy: The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons provides activities and/or materials (for CME activities in California) that promote culturally competent and linguistically appropriate care for patients.  Compliance with AB 1195 shall be ensured by including cultural and linguistic elements into the educational content of the activity and/or by distributing cultural and linguistic resources to CME program attendees.

Definitions:  California Assembly Bill 1195 requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency.

Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities.

Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient’s primary language.

Background: In September 2005 the State of California passed AB 1195 which requires all CME providers in California to include cultural and linguistic competencies in all CME activities delivered in California. While the Society has few CME activities in California, the ACCME requires that all providers based in California have a policy to ensure compliance with AB 1195.

Recommendation:  The Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons should compile a list of cultural and linguistic resources to be distributed on the SAGES website and to all CME attendees at activities delivered in California.  This will meet the minimum requirement of the ACCME.

STATEMENT APPROVED BY THE SAGES BOARD OF GOVERNORS – 4/9/08

Cultural and Linguistic Competency Resources

  1. The Office of Minority Health
    Toll Free: 1-800-444-6472
    Fax: 301-251-2160
    http://www.omhrc.gov/
    Cultural Competency
    http://www.omhrc.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=107
    Training Tools for Physicians
    http://www.omhrc.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=12
  2. California Academy of Family Physicians
    Tel: 415- 345-8667
    Fax: 415- 345-8668
    http://www.familydocs.org/multicultural_health.php
  3. Kaiser Permanente National Linguistic and Cultural Programs
    Tel: 510-271-6386
    Fax: 510-271-5757
    http://kphci.org/resources/links.html
  4. Institute for Medical Quality
    Tel: 415-882-5151
    Fax: 415-882-5149
    http://www.imq.org/
  5. The Network for Multicultural Health
    Tel: 415-476-8181
    Fax: 415-476-4113
    http://futurehealth.ucsf.edu/TheNetwork/Default.aspx?tabid=387
  6. English-Multilanguage Dictionary
    http://www.ectaco.com/English-Multilanguage-Dictionary
  7. Medi-Flag Foreign Language Assessment Guide
    Tel: 866-352-4215
    http://www.medi-flag.com/
  8. National Council on Interpreting in Health Care
    Fax: 518-459-3443
    http://www.ncihc.org/mc/page.do
  9. Diversity Rx
    http://www.diversityrx.org/
  10. National Center for Cultural Competence
    Tel: 800-788-2066
    Fax: 202-687-8899
    http://gucchd.georgetown.edu//nccc
  11. The Center for Cross-Cultural Health
    Tel: 651-209-8999
    Fax: 651-209-8998
    http://crosshealth.com/
  12. Multicultural Health Clearinghouse
    http://www.mckinley.uiuc.edu/multiculturalhealth/
  13. California Interpreter
    Tel: 866-868-4318
    Fax: 626-915-8930
    http://www.ca-interpreter.com/
  14. Medscape- A Surgeon General’s Perspective on Cultural Competency
    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/512289_2
  15. National Alliance on Mental Illness-Mulitcultural Action Center
    Tel: 703-524-7600
    Fax: 703-524-9094
    http://www.nami.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Find_Support/
    Multicultural_Support/Cultural_Competence/Cultural_Competence.htm
  16. Cultural Competence Online
    Tel: 510-846-5616
    http://www.culturalcompetence2.com/