Cultural Complications Curriculum: Applicability to Surgical Oncology Programs and Practices
JournalAnnals of Surgical Oncology
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AbstractBackground: Recognizing the need to raise awareness of core diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues in the healthcare system, our previously developed Cultural Complications Curriculum aims to support institutions in reducing cultural error. As we continue program deployment, we discuss the opportunity to apply the Cultural Complications Curriculum to multidisciplinary audiences, such as in cancer programs. Methods: We discuss applicability of the Cultural Complications Curriculum to cancer programs and practices, including how to tailor case discussions to oncology audiences. By emphasizing the unique characteristics of the multidisciplinary care environment and anticipating potential barriers to curriculum implementation, we demonstrate how the Cultural Complications Curriculum may support culture improvement across broad audiences. Results: The successful application of the Cultural Complication Curriculum to multidisciplinary care programs will depend on appreciating differences in background knowledge, tailoring discussions to audience needs, and adapting material by incorporating new data and addressing emerging DEI issues. Multidisciplinary environments may require innovative approaches to education including virtual platforms, increased collaboration across centers and systems, and support from professional societies. In integrated care environments, like oncology, effective DEI discussions call for the engagement of a variety of medical specialties and departments. Conclusions: To meet the needs of an increasingly diverse patient population and workforce, our approach to DEI education must embrace the interdependent nature of care delivery. In oncology and other multidisciplinary care environments, application of the Cultural Complications Curriculum may be the first step to combating cultural error by engaging a broader demographic within our healthcare system.
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