SURG 512: Global Disability– A Surgical Care Mandate

In this online graduate course, students will critique current models of addressing the fact that globally, one billion people live with a disability of whom 80% live in resource limited settings which further compounds the family and public burden and discuss frameworks for moving forward.

Credits: 3


Discussion focuses on frameworks for advocacy and alleviating the global burden of surgical disability.

Upon successful completion of this course learners will have:

  • an understanding of the global status of impairment and disability due to unmet surgical need
  • a familiarity with the international conventions and policy documents of the United Nations and World Health Organization with reference to surgical implications in health and disability
  • the ability to outline the spectrum of involvement of surgical activities in preventing and treating disabling impairments
  • the ability to explain the need for workforce capacity building and infrastructure enhancement to meet the need
  • the ability to discuss proven strategies in overcoming the barriers to effective surgical care of disabling conditions
  • the ability to elaborate on some of the ethical controversies and dilemmas in meeting a service need in the context of limited available resources

What our students have to say:

“My exposure to global surgery is not that much [so] it was nice learning from other peoples’ experience as it illustrates their personal experiences. It aligns with my interests and goals as I want to develop my career in global surgery.”


“I love the online discussions as it provides an opportunity to engage with my colleagues who are from diverse backgrounds/locations. It provided an amazing opportunity for networking and collaboration as well.”


“I have learned a lot from this course and it would be hard to list all the useful resources that we came across… Learning about disability from that perspective was very eye-opening for me. Not only will I be more aware of disabling impairment in the future, but as a surgeon, I will be able to provide better care for my patients knowing how my care can help with or even cause disability.”