Training surgical residents for a career in academic global surgery: A novel training model

Jabaris D. Swain, Alexi C. Matousek, John W. Scott, Zara Cooper, Douglas S. Smink, Ralph Morton Bolman, Samuel R.G. Finlayson, Michael J. Zinner, Robert Riviello

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Academic global surgery is a nascent field focused on improving surgical care in resource-poor settings through a broad-based scholarship agenda. Although there is increasing momentum to expand training opportunities in low-resource settings among academic surgical programs, most focus solely on establishing short-term elective rotations rather than fostering research or career development. Given the complex nature of surgical care delivery and programmatic capacity building in the resource-poor settings, many challenges remain before global surgery is accepted as an academic discipline and an established career path. Brigham and Women's Hospital has established a specialized global surgery track within the general surgery residency program to develop academic leaders in this growing area of need and opportunity. Here we describe our experience with the design and development of the program followed by practical applications and lessons learned from our early experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e104-e110
JournalJournal of surgical education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • academic surgery
  • global surgery
  • resident education
  • surgery education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Education


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