I chose Clinical Medical Anthropology as my area of intersection for anthropology because I plan on working in the clinical setting in the future. As a pediatrician, which I am working towards becoming, I will be in the clinical setting everyday working with patients and my colleagues. It is critical to have an understanding of anthropology when working in such a setting because you need to understand the cultural differences in treatment for each culture. You will run into many different problems as a physician, and the biggest problem is working around these cultural differences. Once these differences are understood it makes for a much smoother and easier visit. Some things that cause this are different cultures do not accept certain treatments. You need to know what is acceptable in what culture and medical anthropology can help with that. One example of clinics trying to help with this problem is at theMercyMedicalCenterinMercedCalifornia. During week three in our lectures we talked about what this hospital did to lessen the problem of cultural boundaries. This hospital took on a new policy which allowed traditional healers, or shamans, to work in the building and make regular rounds just like the doctors. These shamans would go into the rooms and perform rituals on patients that did not allow traditional medicine because it was not part of their culture. On top of having unrestricted access to the hospitals like the doctors, they also made house calls, which is something that doctors can not always do because they are so busy. These shamans were not only there to help heal the patients with cultural boundaries, but are also a base of security for other patients. The hospital can be a scary place, but the shaman can help patients feel more secure by performing a ritual. This policy inCaliforniashowed that if you incorporate a cultural understanding in the medical workplace it can have a positive affect on patients.