Global Surgery from Boston to Sudan

Don’t underestimate what you have done and what you will accomplish in the future… You are the future.” – Dr. John Meara

March 4th, 2017 was definitely an important day for the International Student Surgical Network. On this day, two of our National Working Groups gathered students to discuss the future of global surgery, and to empower them to be involved in this rapidly growing field within global health.

The Global Surgery Students Alliance (GSSA), our recently affiliated US NWG, hosted a symposium at Harvard Medical School in Boston. About 17 speakers and 200 attendees from all over the USA were joined by 18.000 online viewers from approximately 50 countries. The main session of the Boston Global Surgery Symposium (BGSS17) was the introductory keynote address by Dr. John Meara, Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery (LCoGS). After his inspiring speech, students were able to choose between different panel sessions, being Global Surgery Innovation, Education and Capacity Building, Subspecialties within Global Surgery, and Crisis and Humanitarian Aid.

If you are interested in what was discussed, but were not able to attend, follow the following link to have access to all recordings: https://www.globalsurgerystudents.org/live-streaming-recording. We would like to congratulate the national board of the GSSA for their amazing work and thank them for streaming and recording the event so that the whole network and beyond could and can have access to these treasures of information.

At the exact same moment, our Sudanese branch was also gathering students for a workshop about Global Surgery. Here, students discussed different topics, including Barriers to Surgical Care, Surgical Education and Sustainability in Global Surgery. Students left empowered and motivated to get involved in improving access to surgical care in their country.

The magic of our network is the ability to connect students from different parts of the world to raise awareness about Global Surgery and to educate them so that they can be involved in improving access to surgery early on in their medical careers.

Our next important event will be the Global Surgical Frontiers Conference 2017, taking place at the Royal College of Surgeons in London from the 21st to the 22nd of April. This time, our UK branch, the Medsin National Small Working Group on Global Surgery, is involved in the organization, and Dominique and Zineb will be running a session on behalf of InciSioN to discuss the migration of healthcare workers in global surgery. We hope to see you there!

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