We are excited to be collaborating with numerous groups in Canada and for our upcoming projects in rural and remote regions of the country. In British Columbia, our Faculty and Advisory Committee are widely involved in improving access to surgical care:

Are global surgery initiatives sustainable? A systematic review on sustainability criteria in global surgery initiatives between North American and low and middle-income countries

A research team of junior and senior residents of the UBC Postgraduate Program in General Surgery and staff at Vancouver General Hospital Trauma and Emergency General Surgery have been undertaking a systematic review to comprehensively quantify collaboration in global surgery initiatives (GSIs) between North American and low/middle-income countries since 2000. A total of 3299 published articles on GSIs have been reviewed and included GSIs descriptively analyzed based on publication demographics, surgical subspecialty involvement, and partnership descriptions. An expert consensus has developed a novel model for sustainability criteria of GSIs based on six pillars: multidisciplinary collaboration, bilateral authorship, effective training, broad community engagement, funding/resources, and outcomes reporting. We have identified 134 unique GSIs and counting with ongoing descriptive analysis of collaborations and sustainability criteria met by GSIs. Preliminary results have been presented at the CAGS Canadian Surgery Forum 2017 and UBC Chung Research Day 2017.

Project leaders: Morad Hameed and Emilie Joos

Team: Nicole Jedrzejko, Joseph Margolick, Morad Hameed, Emilie Joos