Are American Surgical Residents Prepared for Humanitarian Deployment?: A Comparative Analysis of Resident and Humanitarian Case Logs

by Yihan Lin, James S. Dahm, Adam L. Kushner et al.
World Journal of Surgery, pp. 1-8, First Online: 04 August 2017

Effective humanitarian surgeons require skills in general surgery, OB/GYN, orthopedics, and urology. With increasing specialization, it is unclear whether US general surgery residents are receiving exposure to these disparate fields. The authors sought to assess the preparedness of graduating American surgical residents for humanitarian deployment. They conclude that current US surgical training is poorly aligned with typical Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) surgical caseloads, particularly in OB/ GYN and orthopedics. New mechanisms for obtaining relevant surgical skills should be developed to better prepare American surgical trainees interested in humanitarian work.

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