When it comes to cultural competency, religion is one of the largest - if not the largest - component.

Don’t miss out on a chance to provide even better care to your patients.

Properly addressing religion is a key element of providing patient-centered care and improving health outcomes and patient and family satisfaction. That’s why we partnered with the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, a secular nonprofit organization dedicated to overcoming religious bias and intolerance, to create resources that help medical practitioners understand how religious beliefs and practices intersect with medical science.

The Medical Manual for Religio-Cultural Competency is the most comprehensive guide to religion and health care available. It provides practical information to help the practitioner understand how a patient’s medical decisions can be influenced by their religious observances.

As a leader in providing information on innovative and evidence-based approaches to health care, EmblemHealth is pleased to offer this first-of-its-kind publication at no cost to our network practitioners. Read an excerpt of The Medical Manual now.

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“This very useful book will prove a great help in the office of medical caretakers who practice where diversity has become the rule. Given the surprisingly ubiquitous location of many immigrants, a copy will probably be well-thumbed almost anywhere. The discussions in this 228 page manual run the gamut from Judaism and Christianity to Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Shinto, traditional Chinese, American Indian and Alaskan native, and Afro-Caribbean traditions.”

Dr. Howard Spiro, MD
Read the entire review in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

“Religious competence is a critical part of cultural competence, and one that is underrepresented in medical training. The Medical Manual is an invaluable resource for our students, residents, attending physicians including subspecialists, nurses and all of those involved with patient care. It is an important tool to help us continue to provide excellent patient care and truly comprehensive family centered care.”

Michael Gewitz, MD 
Physician-in-Chief/Executive Director 
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center

“The Manual is a remarkable resource for the practicing physician and for physicians-in-training. It is eminently readable, comprehensive, and, best of all, an absolutely practical tool. Every physician in today's global community should have this book in their office. It will improve patient satisfaction, their own professional satisfaction, and enhance their practice of medicine.”

David Muller, MD 
Dean of Medical Education 
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

“The patients I encounter in New York come from the most diverse religious and cultural backgrounds…The Medical Manual provides a practical guide of medically pertinent religious beliefs and practices that enhances my ability to have comfortable conversations about even the most complex medical issues. The information and communication skills contained in the manual will certainly become an indispensable tool for providing the best care to patients and their families. I also believe that the principles taught in the manual should become part of the medical education of physicians and other health care providers.”

Alessandro Di Rocco, M.D. 
Chief, Division of Movement Disorders 
New York University School of Medicine 
NYU Langone Medical Center