Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training

CASE 1: Developing Cultural Understanding
Joce Rodriguez, Matthew DeCamp, Gene Richardson, Jeremy Sugarman, Michele Barry

When traveling abroad for short-term experiences in global health, trainees frequently encounter cultural norms different from their own. Navigating these differences can be challenging, and trainees might experience a range of emotions when these situations arise. Developing cultural understanding is one way to help trainees deal with these situations, and help ensure a successful training experience.

In this case, we will discuss some ethical issues that arise when cultural norms differ.  Let’s consider the following vignette.

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