Conducting an international curriculum review meeting in the age of COVID-19

Conducting an international curriculum review meeting in the age of COVID-19

Can J Surg 2020;63(5):E418-E421 | Full Text | PDF

Ronald Lett, MD, MSc; Rajan Bola, BSc; Respicious Boniface, MD, MMEd, MSc; Gilgamesh Eamer, MD, MSc; Gladwell Gathecha, BDS, MSc


The Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS) hosted a workshop in May of 2020 with a goal of critically evaluating Trauma Team Training courses. The workshop was held virtually because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Twenty-three participants attended from 8 countries: Canada, Guyana, Kenya, Nigeria, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda and the United States. More participants were able to attend the virtual meeting than the traditional in-person meetings. Web-based videoconference software was used, participants presented prerecorded PowerPoint videos, and questions were raised using a written chat. The review proved successful, with discussions and recommendations for improvements surrounding course quality, lecture content, skills sessions, curriculum variations and clinical practical scenarios. The CNIS’s successful experience conducting an online curriculum review involving international participants may prove useful to others proceeding with collaborative projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accepted Aug. 12, 2020

Affiliations: From the Canadian Network for International Surgery, Vancouver, BC (Lett, Bola); the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute, ICCT, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Boniface); the McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton, Ont. (Eamer); and the Ministry of Health, Nairobi, Kenya (Gathecha).

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this article and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.014820

Correspondence to: R. Bola, 212-1650 Duranleau St., Vancouver BC V6H 3S4,