Disparities in Global Surgery: Building Systems and Networks through Collaboration

2nd Annual Global Surgery Day


Thursday March 15, 2018
8:00am - 5:00pm
Room: Regent
New York Hilton Hotel - Midtown
New York, NY

• Paid registration is required.
- $75 | Student, Trainee, Low Income Country Participant
- $150 | All Others (Faculty, NGO, Member of the Public)
• Registration for the satellite session is separate from registration for the CUGH conference.
• CME Credit will be available for the session.

• University of Utah
• Northwestern University
• Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change
• University of the Armed Services
• University of Wisconsin
• University of Texas Southwestern
• Johns Hopkins University
• World Health Organization
• American College of Surgeons
• The G4 Alliance

Surgical, obstetric and anesthesia care plays an integral role in primary health care and includes access to diagnostic technologies including radiology and pathology to appropriately treat disease processes. The challenge remains to bring access to safe and affordable surgical, obstetric and anesthesia care to low resource settings in our world where 5 billion people have no access. This full day CUGH-satellite session will bring together experts and panels to explore just how we can take action to identifyand fill the gaps through multispecialty collaboration in low resource areas.

Attendees will meet experts who are actively engaged in collaborations in academics, government, nonprofit, industry and professional societies. The overlap and interplay of all of these areas are critical to building safe, sustainable surgical systems and patient care.

Session 1: The Surgery Ecosystem in Global Health
Surgical ecosystems are complex. Safe surgical care for communities requires expertise in many different specialties: Anesthesia, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology, Surgery, Nursing, Radiology, and Medicine are among them. This interactive panel will focus on the various components of a well-functioning global surgery system, where panelists will answer questions to address current gaps and opportunities to strengthen surgical care and health around the world. We will discuss problems, explore solutions, and suggest measurements for impact and collaboration.

Session 2: Surgery around the World: The Regional Context
Geographic, political, economic, and cultural differences around the world present unique challenges for scaling surgical care and defining standards for care and outcomes. During this session, we will break out into small groups by region and discuss challenges and steps to overcome barriers. The regions will then be asked to convene and share lessons learned to bridge gaps and exchange ideas in order to minimize the barriers experienced by those involved with global surgery. This panel will address needs in China, Latin America, Pakistan, the COSECSA African Region and the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia.

Session 3: Transitioning from Trauma/Disaster Response toward Sustainable Surgical Care
Natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies demand preparedness and a team approach. The evolution of a program from intermittent to sustainable care has many different facets. Some train local nurses or physicians others bring US residents. Collaboration between academic institutions and training programs fosters understanding, creating new opportunities for research and strengthening clinical training in high, middle and low-income countries.

Session 4: What’s Missing?
A 360-degree view of our engagement and our work as surgeons is needed. From the viewpoint of the trainee, we ask what is missing. How can we as consultants improve our efforts in collaboration with other specialties and in other countries? How can we improve our relationship with our medical students and residents?

Session 5: Technology, Innovation and Research in Global Surgery
This panel will highlight a wide spectrum of creativity, as the speakers will consider how technology can bridge geographic distance and can allow both affordable care, distance education and clinical collaboration around the world.

Session 6: Education in Global Surgery

* Agenda details are subject to change.