An innovative paradigm for surgical education programs in resource-limited settings

An innovative paradigm for surgical education programs in resource-limited settings

Can J Surg 2014;57(5):298-99 | Full Text | PDF

Dan L. Deckelbaum, MD, MPH*; Alexandre Gosselin-Tardif, MD†; Georges Ntakiyiruta, MD‡; Sender Liberman, MD*; Melina Vassiliou, MD, MEd*; Emile Rwamasirabo, MD‡, Emmanuel Gasakure, MD‡; Paola Fata, MD, MSc*; Kosar Khwaja, MD, MBA, MSc*; Tarek Razek, MD*; Patrick Kyamanywa, MD, MPH‡

From *McGill University Health Centre, Centre for Global Surgery, Montréal, Que., †McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, Montréal, Que., and the ‡National University of Rwanda, Department of Surgery, Kigali, Rwanda


The burden of surgical disease in low-income countries remains significant, in part owing to continued surgical workforce shortages. We describe a successful paradigm to expand Rwandan surgical capacity through the implementation of a surgical education partnership between the National University of Rwanda and the Centre for Global Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre. Key considerations for such a program are highlighted.

Accepted for publication Jan. 31, 2014

Competing interests: D. Deckelbaum, G. Ntakiyiruta and P. Kyamanywa have received travel support from McGill University Health Centre. S. Liberman has received payment from Covidien for service on speakers’ bureaux. T. Razek is a board member (unpaid) for the Canadian Network for International Surgery.

Contributors: All authors have, at various stages, participated in the creation, implementation and evaluation of the surgical training program described in this commentary. Each author has also contributed to the design, drafting or editing of this commentary.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.001514

Correspondence to: D.L. Deckelbaum, Centre for Global Surgery, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal General Hospital Trauma Centre, 1650 Cedar Ave., Montréal, QC H3G 1A4;,,