Global surgery education

The academic field of global surgery is growing quickly. RCSI, with its partners, have played an important part in generating this knowledge.

The Institute of Global Surgery is looking to expand opportunities for RCSI Undergraduate medical students, surgical trainees, researchers and others to study, engage with and contribute to the field – current global surgery teaching in RCSI is outlined below, as well as mobility and research opportunities. 

Master of Surgery (MCh) by Module: ‘Surgery in the developing world’ is one of the six modules of this taught programme. Scholars gain an understanding of the role of surgery in global health and policymaking in emerging health systems and developing countries.

MCh in Surgical Science and Practice: As part of the professional development module in this programme, participants undertake a global surgery sub-module. Scholars analyse the global context in which surgery is currently practiced, including the challenges in providing adequate surgical healthcare in developing countries and management of humanitarian crises. 

Surgical Trainee Exchange Programme: A short-term clinical visit travel grant is available to ST 5-8 surgical trainees to visit Viet Duc Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnamese surgical trainees then undertake the exchange in the opposite direction. We acknowledge the support of Atlantic Philanthropies to enable this exchange.

Undergraduate medical electives:The Institute of Global Surgery supports a summer elective programme for RCSI Undergraduate medical students in the COSECSA region. The Institute also engages with the RCSI Research Summer School.

RCSI student on medical elective