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Medical efficiency through education

Medical Efficiency Through Education

Caleb Yoo

Baylor University
Medical efficiency through education

My philosophy of health is based on the improvement of healthcare efficiency through

medical education in minority groups and in the medical office. Medical care for minority groups

in the United States is difficult because of the cultural boundary; many individuals don't speak

English or come from a place where medical techniques and practices are perceived differently.

Many minorities have integrated members of American society but still receive neglect in the

realm of medicine due to monetary and cultural stratification in history. Through the education

of these neglected groups on modern practices, medical knowledge, and Financial awareness in

medical situations, these Americans can receive the care they truly deserve. At the same time

efficiency in the technological realm of medicine is decaying. This is due in part to a vast amount

of doctors in practice not being educated about techniques that would improve the usage of the

newly adapted technological interfaces. Education of both minorities and doctors alike

Being half Puerto Rican and half Korean influenced the way I perceive my cultural

environment. It allowed me to understand certain aspects of humanity’s cultures that shaped the

way I think and how groups of people in my cultural niche think. My father is an immigrant and
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a physician, and yet he tells me how hard it is to accommodate to certain cultures and groups

simply because he is not educated on these cultures and their languages. A key point of this

philosophy is education of medical workers on certain majority minority groups that affect the

area that they practice. For example, a quota should be met for doctors in San Antonio that speak

Spanish and their associated colloquialisms. Due to the high influx of Hispanics in that city,

Doctors who are trained in the language can diagnose patients who don't speak English more

accurately and efficiently than a doctor with a language barrier to the patient. This plays into my

next key point, the necessity for medical office led educational programs targeted at minorities.

A study done in 2007 by Katrina Armstrong MD found that physician distrust in the United

States highest in Minority groups (especially in Hispanic and African American groups)

compared to Caucasians. It goes on to establish that most of these statistics were concentrated

more in impoverished ghettos across America; where most ethnic groups in America reside. This

would improve the way healthcare is respected in these cultural niches and thus improve

efficiency. While on the topic of efficiency, I can personally confirm that doctors across the

nation are losing productivity due to the adaptation of electronic records. My father, who is an

internal medicine physician, constantly complains about this issue; yet, I feel as if his issues stem

from a lack of understanding. People in my generation grew up with technology and thus have

attributes that reflect that, such as vast knowledge of operating systems and improved typing.

Educating older generations of physicians on modern technologies and their functions could

drastically improve the productivity of the medical field. A major aspect of technological

efficiency that is overlooked in medicine is information transfer. Multiple offices use different

platforms to document, that then must be sent in other formats to other offices to evaluate; this
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process is a direct hindrance on medical efficiency. A platform that is universal and uses a

universal documentation format for all medical offices would be ideal. Thus, creating this

platform is a key aspect of my philosophy of health. Technological education would also be

universal which creates a better understanding of medical information and how to translate it.

An organization that is reflective of furthering health education is the NCHEC. They

have established seven responsibilities that is reflective of medical education and health

promotion. My philosophy fits into Area III, which highlights the Implementation of health

education and promotion in society. The cultural aspect of my philosophy is to implement health

promotion in impoverished communities of affected minorities which would improve

doctor-patient relations in those areas. The second half of my philosophy is reflective of Area IV,

which pertains to how comprehension of research related to health promotion. Research toward a

universal system of electronic documentation would be groundbreaking, thus making the

research toward such a software essential in health education. As health educators, we have a

duty to the public in order to promote health at all levels of life. Thus my philosophy is key to

promoting not just the quality of life, but the quality of care as well.

My philosophy of health promotes the importance of unity in health care quality while

trying to reform the efficiency of the medical practice in order to provide a product that would

aid the minority population and promote fast, accurate care for all. In the future, universal

databases could create limitless possibilities with regards to the transfer of information to facility

to facility. While education of cultures across medicine could create more accurate care

environments through equal understanding of respect and intentions.

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Racial/Ethnic Differences in Physician Distrust in the United States. (n.d.). Retrieved

September 17, 2019, from​ ​https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1913079/

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