Letters COMMENT & RESPONSE ally sensitive to conditions in Afghanistan because of cultural and ethnic similarities between countries in the Indian subcon- Cultural Sensitivity in Deployed tinent. A longitudinal study of US military medical personnel US Medical Personnel undertaking international electives is needed to study their cul- To the Editor I read with interest the Research Letter by Weeks tural adaptability in future deployments. This will provide hard et al in which surgeons from the US military have delivered evidence for policy makers in the US government for funding. humanitarian surgical care to local national civilians in war zones. The authors raise the important issue of preparing US Rahul M. Jindal, MD, PhD, MBA surgeons for deployment. Cultural sensitivity is critical in these endeavors, in par- Author Affiliation: Surgery and Global Health, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences–Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Department ticular for deployed medical personnel. There are many dif- of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, ferent potential culture clashes that deployed troops can ex- Maryland. perience in a religious and conservative country. It has been Corresponding Author: Rahul M. Jindal, MD, PhD, MBA, Surgery and Global well documented that some
JAMA Surgery – American Medical Association
Published: May 21, 2018
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