A pilot curriculum in international surgery for medical students

Alexis Moren, MacKenzie Cook, Molly McClain, Julie Doberne, Laszlo Kiraly, Rosina Serene Perkins, Karen Kwong

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    Background As medical student interest in global surgical care grows, a comprehensive curriculum is necessary to understand surgical care in resource-limited environments. Methods We developed a surgical elective encompassing a multiyear medical student curriculum, with the goal of improving students' understanding of global surgical care, consisting of a junior seminar and a senior clerkship. This student elective focused on the global burden of surgical disease, ethics of care in low-resource settings, and care of marginalized U.S. populations. Students who participated in the fourth year clerkship at a tertiary center in Northern India completed a reflective essay on their experience. Qualitative analysis was conducted using constant comparison and axial coding to establish a grounded theory. Results Medical students showed a desire to serve the poor, build collaborative relationships, and integrate international health into their future career. Conclusions This novel curriculum provides students a clinical and public health basis to understand challenges of surgical care in low-resource environments while laying the groundwork for students with a future career in global health.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)e9-e14
    JournalJournal of Surgical Education
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


    • international surgery
    • medical students
    • qualitative analysis
    • surgical education

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery
    • Education

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    Moren, A., Cook, M., McClain, M., Doberne, J., Kiraly, L., Perkins, R. S., & Kwong, K. (2015). A pilot curriculum in international surgery for medical students. Journal of Surgical Education, 72(4), e9-e14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2015.04.027