Global Surgical Training Challenge: 10 teams to present their prototype training modules

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Next Wednesday (18 August) will see 10 teams in the Global Surgical Training Challenge present their training modules in a one-hour online Prototype Showcase. The event is an opportunity for the teams to present their prototype training modules to an external audience for the first time.

A team from across RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences is leading a mentorship programme for the participating teams.

The $5m challenge aims to stimulate the creation of novel, low-cost surgical training modules that will help surgical practitioners to learn new skills to improve the health of their communities. These 10 global teams are changing the paradigm of how surgical practitioners learn and assess life-saving skills. 

The 10 teams have been successful in obtaining the initial round of Discovery Award grants. They are now developing and testing their prototype surgical modules and this event is the final checkpoint for the teams before the Finalist Awards. Three to five teams will be selected to receive Finalist Award grants and will continue to further develop their prototypes in 2022, after which the $1m Grand Prize will be awarded.

The mentorship programme is led by the RCSI Institute of Global Surgery (IGS) in collaboration with RCSI’s Centre for Simulation Education and Research (RCSI SIM) supported by RCSI Department of Surgical Affairs and a range of subject matter experts across RCSI and beyond. Eric O'Flynn from IGS and Dr Claire Condron from RCSI SIM helm the mentorship team.

RCSI is an innovative, world-leading international health sciences university with a commitment to global surgery as a core pillar of its strategy. The university was ranked the number one academic institution in the world for contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 3 ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’ in the 2020 Times Higher Education Impact rankings. 

The Global Surgical Training Challenge is funded by the Intuitive Foundation, and RCSI joins other Challenge partners MIT Solve and Nesta Challenges.

Register here for next Wednesday’s event.