Geoffrey Leung, MD
Riverside County Regional Medical Center
Effective communication. It’s one of the most critical components of high quality medical care between doctors and their patients.
When that communication is compromised—by language barriers or by cultural hurdles—the results can be costly, both personally and socially:
The need for Spanish-speaking, bicultural physicians in California is tremendous. In response, UCLA’s IMG Program has focused on recruiting and training Hispanic IMGs. Increasing the number of primary care doctors who can communicate and identify with their patients makes healthcare more efficient, raises the quality of care, increases both patient and physician satisfaction, and ultimately drives down the costs of care.