Changing Surgical Culture Through Surgical Education: Introduction to the PACTS Trial

PACTS Trial Group

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The Provider Awareness and Cultural dexterity Toolkit for Surgeons (PACTS) curriculum was developed to improve surgical resident cultural dexterity, with the goal of promoting health equity by developing cognitive skills to adapt to individual patients' needs to ensure personal, patient-centered surgical care through structured educational interventions for surgical residents. Funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH)’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, PACTS addresses surgical disparities in patient care by incorporating varied educational interventions, with investigation of both traditional and nontraditional educational outcomes such as patient-reported and clinical outcomes, across multiple hospitals and regions. The unique attributes of this multicenter, multiphased research trial will not only impact future surgical education research, but hopefully improve how surgeons learn nontechnical skills that modernize surgical culture and surgical care. The present perspective piece serves as an introduction to this multifaceted surgical education trial, highlighting the rationale for the study and critical curricular components such as key stakeholders from multiple institutions, multimodal learning and feedback, and diverse educational outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-334
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Professionalism
  • cultural dexterity
  • disparities
  • education trials
  • interpersonal skills
  • surgical education


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