Letters Author Affiliations: Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of COMMENT & RESPONSE the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. In Reply We appreciate Jindal’s comments on the importance Corresponding Author: Peter A. Learn, MD, Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Rd, Bethesda, MD of cultural competency in the delivery of humanitarian surgi- 20814 (firstname.lastname@example.org). cal care. Cultural competency has gained increasing recognition Published Online: February 21, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.6201 not only as an essential component of effective global health en- gagement but also as a key to improving health care disparities Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported. 1,2 domestically. Considering the number of factors that can 1. Khoury A, Mendoza A, Charles A. Cultural competence: why surgeons should increase the cultural distance between the deployed military care. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2012;97(3):13-18. surgeon and local populations and the volume of contact we 2. Hisam B, Zogg CK, Chaudhary MA, et al. From understanding to action: demonstrated, focused training seems a reasonable prerequi- interventions for surgical disparities. J Surg Res. 2016;200(2):560-578. site to deployment, although how best to integrate such train- 3. Weeks SR, Oh JS, Elster EA, Learn PA. Humanitarian surgical care in the
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