Bethune Round Table 2022


The UBC Branch for Global Surgical Care, in collaboration with the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS), is honoured to host the 2022 Bethune Round Table. The annual meeting will be taking place on June 16-18, 2022 .


This meeting will be FULLY VIRTUAL AND ONLINE.


Theme: Decolonizing Global Surgery

The Bethune Round Table (BRT) is an annual interdisciplinary meeting aimed at addressing the challenges of providing accessible, high-quality surgical care to marginalized patients in low-resource settings. By bringing health professionals across a variety of disciplines together, we are able to share strategies and create solutions for improving surgical care to these under-serviced regions.

Download the preliminary program BETHUNE ROUND TABLE 2022



Dear Global Surgery community,

We are excited to launch our 2022 BRT meeting, with the theme “Decolonizing Global Surgery”.

Our abstract submission portal is now open, and will close on April 15th, 2022. You can submit your abstract here.

Abstract rules

Topic: Surgical, Anesthesia, and/or Obstetrics care in low-resource settings (including rural/remote/Indigenous communities)

Disciplines: All surgical disciplines will be accepted (nursing, OR technicians, midwives etc.)

Format: Max 300 words. Has to have the following headings:

  • Background
  • Study Objective(s)
  • Research Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Evaluation criteria: All abstracts will be evaluated by our reviewers following those THREE criteria (note: not all criteria will apply to all study types)

  1. Needs assessment: A proper needs assessment taking into considerations local needs and priorities was performed
  2. Outcomes measurement: Data on locally-relevant outcomes was collected and analyzed
  3. Fair authorship: Authors from both high-resource and low-resource settings are listed on the author list, their position in the author list representative of their involvement in the project

All abstracts will be considered for posters or podium presentations. Posters will have to be displayed on one slide and podium presentations will be given 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions.

In addition to completing the fields please be sure to attach your abstract as a Word file with the application.

Abstracts must be an unpublished work. More than one abstract per person may be submitted. All accepted abstracts will be published in the Canadian Journal of Surgery.

There will be cash prizes for the 3 best posters and the 3 best podium presentations.

We look forward to your submissions!

Emilie Joos, and the BRT 2022 Planning Committee


Confirmed Speakers (More to be announced soon!):

Topic: Keynote Address – Decolonizing Global Surgery

Salome Maswime, Associate Professor and the Head of Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town. Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and the President of the South African Clinician Scientists Society


Topic: Inequities in Surgical-Anesthesia-Obstetrics Care Delivery in Indigenous Communities

Papaarangi Mary-Jane Reid, Professor and Tumuaki (Deputy Dean – Māori) and Head of Te Kupenga Hauora Māori at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland

Donna May Kimmaliardjuk, Cardiac Surgeon, Eastern Health Newfoundland and Labrador


Shylaja Devi and Nandakumar Menon – Founder, ASHWINI – Gudalur Adivasi Hospital, India

Soraya Ortega Garduño, Clinical Supervisor at Casa Materna AAC, and Valeria Macías, Executive Director; Compañeros en Salud / Partners in Health, Mexico


Topic: Debate: Should we train surgeons in or out-of-country?
Moderated by Desmond Jumbam, Health Policy Consultant, Operation Smile


Abebe Bekele, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic and Research Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), Rwanda


Moses Kasumba, Head of Surgery, Malamulo Adventist Hospital, Malawi; Program Director, Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)
Topic: Complexity in Financing Global Surgery


Geoffrey Ibbotson, Senior Health Advisor, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Programme in Health and Development.
Executive Director
, Global Surgery Foundation


 Samuel Oti, Senior Program Specialist, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


Garreth Wood, Co-Founder and Board Chair of KidsOR


Stay tuned for call for event registration details, coming soon!