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Wednesday, March 15, 2000

Surgeon General to keynote Thursday diversity symposium

U. S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health, David Satcher, MD, PhD, will be the keynote speaker at a symposium on diversity, entitled "Definition, Concepts and Fundamentals of Culturally Competent Orthopaedics," presented from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in the Convention Center Auditorium. Dr. Satcher will discuss "National Priorities for Culturally Competent Healthcare in the U.S."

A past director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Satcher devotes his time and energy to reducing disparities in health among racial and ethnic groups, making children's health a primary goal and focusing more resources on mental health.

The symposium will increase members' awareness, sensitivity and knowledge and teach physician's how to become more culturally astute in areas including patient satisfaction; avoidance of lawsuits, practice management and marketing; and optimum humane care.

Augustus A. White, III, MD, chairman of the Academy's Diversity Committee and moderator for the symposium, will provide the introduction and rationale for culturally competent orthopaedics. He will discuss the moral, ethical, economic, educational, social and cultural disparities that occur in any minority group, whether it be a racial or religious group, the elderly, the disabled or a population with alterna-tive lifestyles. Dr. White also will present an overview of resources and programs that address these issues.

Other speakers for the symposium are Ramon L. Jimenez, MD, Hispanic culture; Richard A. Williams, MD, African-American culture; Victoria M. Stevens, MD, Native Americans; and Vivian W. Pinn, MD, women as a culture.

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