Through sustained and expanding collaboration, capacity to realize our mission has continued to burgeon. Approaching the core of our mission from different angles, each collaboration has provided a unique route through which to lead, partner, educate, and serve to realize safe surgical care for all. 

Developed to help engineers understand and appreciate the needs and uses of technology in health care, the Engineers in Scrubs program helps biomedical engineers learn to navigate the interfaces among engineering research, medical research, clinical practice and product development.  Students receive a significant portion of their training in hospital settings, and the program focuses on the medical technology innovation process.

Past projects include:

Portable Video Goggles for the Assessment of Dizzy Patients

Thermal Cautery for Low-Resource Settings

Tourniquets for Low-Resource Hospitals

Colostomy Bag for Low-Resource Settings

Keratoconus Diagnosis Tool for Low-Resource Settings

Orthopaedic Traction Device for the Developing World

Phonation Device for Low-Resource Settings 



The BISC participated in the 2012 and 2017 Bring Back Hope Galas launched by Mr. Gary Segal, highly successful fundraisers that generated funds to provide for further spinal deformity surgeries and to address the high incidence of severe scoliosis in Ethiopia. The event is dedicated to the work of Dr. Rick Hodes, an American Internal Medicine specialist who for 27 years has served as the Medical Director for Ethiopia for the Joint Distribution Committee to treat patients suffering from spine disease. Since the inaugural event in 2012, the Branch has partnered with Dr. Hodes, providing opportunities for research collaboration and contributing to the sustainability of his work through training, education, and development of global health leaders.




The Canadian Collaborative Centre of Excellence for Global Humanitarian Surgical Care (CCCEGHSC) was created in 2015, and is made of the three following partners: The Canadian Red Cross (CRC), McGill Centre for Global Surgery, and UBC's Branch for International Surgical Care.


Bilateral Clinical Exchange in Mexico City, 2017

Canadian/Mexican General Surgery residents participate in a clinical exchange in Mexico City/Vancouver, at the Mexican Red Cross Hospital Polanco/Vancouver General Hospital. Under the direction and reporting to the Chief of Surgery, residents will complete 1-2 month clinical rotations at Hospital Polanco, a Mexican Red Cross Hospital and designated Red Cross trauma hospital for the region. Hospital Polanco provides humanitarian surgical care, as they accept and treat patients who do not have alternative health coverage.



  • The clinical exchange program promotes an understanding of global surgery, enhances surgical skills and trauma system knowledge, and uses data to improve health access, outcomes, and knowledge.
  • Residents can also participate in a non-clinical exchange to complete a research, performance, or other skill-related exchange with clear objectives that ensure fulfillment of a mutually agreed upon need and focus of the Mexican Red Cross.
  • The non-clinical exchange program for Canadian trainees to Mexico improves access and quality of surgical care and the rigor of research methods applied in Hospital Polanco.
  • Eligibility: enrolled in a General Surgery residency, R3 or above, with basic Spanish comprehension and an interest in global surgery. Preference will be given to residents who combine the exchange with their research year. Interested applicants from UBC can apply for Branch Research Awards.
  • Applications are considered year-round. Contact us ( for more information or for details on the application package requirements.