Teaching Hand Surgery in the Developing World: Utilizing Educational Resources in Global Health

Hand Clin. 2019 Nov;35(4):411-419. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2019.07.006.


The development of surgical capacity in the developing world is essential to address the global burden of surgical disease. Training local surgeons in low-income and middle-income countries is critical in this endeavor. The challenges to teaching hand surgery in the developing world include a shortage of local faculty, absence of a defined curriculum, no competency-based evaluation systems, few subspecialty training opportunities, and lack of financial support. To teach hand surgery in the developing world effectively, the authors suggest principles and components of a global training curriculum.

Keywords: Developing world; Global surgery; Surgical capacity; Surgical education; Teaching hand surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Developing Countries*
  • Global Health
  • Hand Injuries / surgery
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Occupational Injuries / surgery
  • Orthopedics / education*
  • Perioperative Care / education
  • Time-to-Treatment
  • Upper Extremity Deformities, Congenital / surgery