The Tufts Culture and Health Curriculum Development Team was founded in 2005 by a group of faculty physicians in the Department of Family Medicine. The team currently consists of physicians in multiple specialties, culturally diverse community leaders, and medical students who share the mission of training culturally competent future physicians who have the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to provide excellent medical care to diverse patient populations.
In 2007, the Culture Team Leader, Dr. Amy L. Lee, was designated by the Dean of Educational Affairs as the leader of one of the Key Themes of the TUSM Curriculum–Culture and Diversity. Students learn about culture and health issues in a longitudinal four-year curriculum consisting of over 50 hours of training in culturally competent care. Educational research about the impact of this longitudinal curriculum on student cross-cultural patient care skills is ongoing.