Cultural Competence Resources from CIRRIE

About the Webcast

This webcast introduces a number of resources related to cultural competence that are available through the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE), such as a monograph series with specific information on cultural perspectives of foreign–born persons in the United States. Dr. Karen Panzarella, a CIRRIE staff member at D’Youville College, shares details and case studies on simulated clinical encounters with manikins and standardized patients for cultural competence training of rehabilitation students or providers.

Please note, CRC-CEUs will not be offered because the webcast is less than the one hour minimum required for pre-approval.

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About the Presenters

Photo of John Stone

John Stone, PhD, is the Director of the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE). He is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. In 1999 he founded the CIRRIE project and conceptualized and edited CIRRIE cultural competency resources, such as a monograph series on the culture-based perspectives on disability of foreign-born persons in the United States and a curriculum guide series for faculty in university programs in the rehabilitation field.

Photo of Karen Panzarella

Karen Panzarella, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy department at D'Youville College and is amongst the first to be certified as a healthcare simulation educator. Dr. Panzarella holds a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy, a M.S. degree in Exercise Science and a PhD in Educational Psychology all from the University at Buffalo. She has over 25 years’ experience as a clinician and 15 years in higher education. Her research focuses on the use of standardized patients and medical simulation to promote team based clinical and cultural competence in interprofessional health care education. Dr. Panzarella is currently an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Trainer as she strives to facilitate the transition from the academic to clinic environment for optimal patient care. She has been a member of the CIRRIE team for ten years.