Establishing an environment in which young surgeons can build
successful careers in academic global surgery is timely and essential.
Not only are young surgeons interested in participating in global
surgery initiatives, but they also are creating greater awareness
about the lack of access to surgical care in many parts of the world.
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including a one-day didactic course, Global
Health Competencies for Surgeons: Cognitive
and System Skills. This course was designed to
educate international volunteers about a variety
of relevant issues, including what to expect in
low-resource surgical environments, situational
ethics, cultural competency, and information
regarding tropical diseases. The Global Health
Competencies for Surgeons course also provides
didactic and hands-onCreating an infrastructure that allows young surgeons to pursue both
clinical and academic interests will facilitate
the professional development of junior faculty.
skills training in key areas of need such as orthopaedics, general surgery, neurosurgery, plastic
surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology.
Young surgeons who are interested in developing a niche in global surgery have access to a
wealth of opportunities. The need to advance
collaboration internationally in order to ensure
access to safe surgical care, enhance training,
and increase research opportunities exists
throughout the global community. The ACS
supports involvement in global surgery initiatives via OGB, and the YFA stands ready to assist
young Fellows who are interested in learning
more about how they can become involved in
global surgery initiatives. ♦