Formal Training of the Global Surgeon: Current Educational Paradigms and Critical Elements for Progression

Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2020 Aug;32(3):447-455. doi: 10.1016/j.coms.2020.04.005. Epub 2020 May 29.


To prepare global surgeons, academic institutions have created training programs that provide opportunities to develop foundational clinical knowledge, pursue academic inquiry, build surgical infrastructure and capacity, and become advocates and collaborators in resource-limited settings. Academic institutions can create a short course in global surgery, global surgery rotation, global surgery fellowship, or integrated global surgery residency. Global surgery training programs must account for ethics of global surgery engagement, sources of funding, structures for professional advancement, and trainee-appropriate partnerships. Global surgery training must include the establishment of accreditation systems, development of integrated training programs, and institutional investment in global surgery education.

Keywords: Global surgery; Medical education; Surgical capacity; Training.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Surgeons*