Global Surgical Training Challenge mentorship programme

The Global Surgical Training Challenge is an initiative which aims to stimulate the creation of low-cost training modules to help educate and train surgical practitioners in low and middle-income countries. The open-source modules created by teams participating in the Challenge will help surgical practitioners to learn and assess new skills to improve the health of their communities.

In 2021 Discovery Awards were granted to 10 low and middle-income led teams to support them in developing initial prototypes of their surgical modules and appropriate self-assessment frameworks. In 2022 four teams progressed to the finalist awards grant stage. A grand prize will be awarded at the completion of this stage. A total of US$5 million in grant funding will be awarded. 
The teams are also provided with access to a structured mentorship programme, led by the RCSI Institute of Global Surgery in collaboration with the RCSI SIM Centre for Simulation Education and Research and supported by RCSI’s Department of Surgical Affairs, Department of Surgery and Health Professions Education Centre.


Through the mentorship programme, RCSI connects each team with a mentorship manager who works closely with them to monitor progress, identify needs and adapt the mentorship programme as the projects evolve. The programme also provides access to a panel of subject matter experts as well as master classes and workshops in coordination with MIT Solve on topics ranging from technical aspects such as simulation and e-learning to soft skills coaching in project management and leadership.

The Challenge is funded by the Intuitive Foundation and also partners with Nesta ChallengesMIT Solve and Appropedia Foundation. Learn more about the mentorship programme on the Challenge website.

Watch a video discussion with Gozie Offiah about the Global Surgical Training Challenge Mentoring Programme below:

Watch the video

The team

The mentorship team is comprised of 25 mentors and subject matter experts from across RCSI, as well as mentors from an additional eight institutions.

RCSI project management is undertaken by:

Global Surgical Training Challenge