Posted: September 4, 2020

Project Inclusive: An Initiative to Improve Cultural Competency in Medicine


This resource teaches learners how to implement patient-centered counseling techniques into medical practice to provide unbiased support in shared decision-making and build stronger relationships with your patients. The module explores the clinical decision-making practices of providers and trainees in the prenatal setting. It includes a pre- and post- survey, and participants will learn the techniques needed to follow best practices in patient-centered counseling. While this module is focused on prenatal genetic counseling, all providers can benefit from learning the communication techniques addressed in this program. Providers can also opt to receive free CME/CEU credits for completion of this activity, and responses will be anonymously recorded for further study. This resource was developed with support from the National Human Genome Research Institute and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA). 

Learning Objectives:

After completing this online activity, learners will be able to: 
1. Identify personal implicit biases towards individuals with physical and/or intellectual disability. 
2. Illustrate principles of patient-centered counseling. 
3. Apply patient-centered counseling approaches to cases involving patients with disabilities in order to promote patient-centered care. 


Emma Vaimberg, MD, Johns Hopkins University
Lindsay Demers, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine
Eric Ford, PhD, Story Street Consulting
Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, Columbia University
Blair Stevens, MS, CGC, University of Texas McGovern Medical School
Shoumita Dasgupta, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine


Learner Audience

Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), Graduate Medical Education (GME), Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Professional Development (CME/CPD), Interprofessional


Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Resource Type(s)

Virtual Patient
Distance Learning - Asynchronous

Instructional Method(s)

Case-Based Instruction/Learning
Independent Learning
Self-Directed Learning


Genetics, Genetic Counseling, Disability, Implicit Bias, Genomic Medicine, Clinical Genetics, Physical Disability, Patient-centered Counseling, Implicit Association Test, Intellectual Disability