"How do you say cultural competence in Korean?" “I am always treated with respect in America. So why don’t they care about me here?” My first patient at my community clinic rotation struggled to speak English. But she came prepared, her words memorized, printed from Google Translate. “All I want is help.” She had immigrated from Korea not too long ago and found this community health center for her first dental care in over ...

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There’s a window in the driveway to the dental school that always catches my attention.  Usually, the old, horizontal blinds are hanging at a lopsided, half-open-half-closed stance.  Occasionally, though, they are open all the way, and you can see inside. For the first few months of my dental school education, I felt like that was my only window into dentistry: through the obstructed, double-paned division between me and the dental school ...

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