Global Surgery & Disparities Program

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The University of Minnesota Global Surgery & Disparities (UMGSD) Program works to understand and improve surgical, anesthesia, and OBGYN care in underserved areas through partnerships with local providers - both within the United States and around the world. Together, we are training the next generation of academic global surgery leaders.

Our Objectives

CLINICAL CARESurgeons from high-income countries frequently provide clinical care in LMICs. Ideally, such activity will lead to a better understanding of the region-specific barriers to effective clinical care and to long-term strategies to overcome such barriers. Additionally, participation in clinical care may enhance the effectiveness of other objectives.

CAPACITY BUILDING - The Lancet Commission estimates that an additional 1.27 million surgeons, anesthesiologists, and obstetricians, are needed by 2030 to provide safe and affordable surgical care. Presently, faculty at the University of Minnesota are working to increase the absolute size of the workforce and the skill of the existing workforce in Asia, Africa, and Central America.

EDUCATION & TRAININGInterest in global surgery has been sparked by medical students and surgery residents in the United States. The UMSGD provides opportunities for interested students and surgical residents to participate in activities in resource-limited regions in LMICs and the United States. Additionally, global surgery fellowships (1 or 2 years) are available through the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility and the Fogarty Institute. Our vision is to train the next generation of academic global surgery leaders.

RESEARCHInvestigators at the University of Minnesota have built partnerships with local investigators to enhance much-needed research activity in LMICs and American Indian/Alaska Native populations.