Global Surgical Training Challenge mentorship programme

The Global Surgical Training Challenge is a funding 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 Challenge grants Discovery Awards to 10 teams to support them in developing initial prototypes of their surgical modules and appropriate self-assessment frameworks. The teams are also awarded with access to an RCSI-led mentorship programme, launched in early 2021 by the RCSI Institute of Global Surgery and RCSI SIM Centre for Simulation Education and Research.

Through the 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.

Upon completion of the Discovery Award phase of the Challenge, three to five teams will receive Finalist Award grants and continue to further develop their prototypes, after which a Grand Prize will be awarded.

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