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This year's Oxford Global Surgery Course has just ended, with great enthusiasm and involvement from participants and faculty alike. We were excited and challenged to provide a rich, interactive and enjoyable five-day course entirely online this year as a result of the pandemic.

Presenters and attendees during the 2021 Oxford Global Surgery Course.

We were delighted to be able to welcome attendees from all over the world, with possibly even greater reach than in previous years both geographically and in terms of clinical background. As faculty we loved the vibrant discussion and interaction, and were privileged as always to learn from all who attended.

Comments from delegates included: 

"The diversity of presenters, students and their experiences really made for a rich and engaging discussion"

"It was an amazing course - so much more than I expected. So eye opening, inspiring and informative"

"This course has embodied the meaning of global surgery. It has brought together people from all walks of life, allowed them to all have a voice and explored how we as people can make partnerships and relationships that bring about change and equity in surgical healthcare"

"The most impactful course I've ever attended"

"I have learnt a lot. Listened a lot. I have been inspired."

The Programme

The five-day online course ran from Monday 13 to Friday 17 September 2021 and covered: 

  • Beyond the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery: indicators of surgical, anaesthesia and obstetrics need and activity.
  • Equipping the surgical workforce in an age of rapid communication 
  • The journey to safer surgery: the challenges to effective delivery of surgical and anaesthesia and obstetrics care
  • Research driving change: the opportunities and the questions to ask
  • The right people for the right job: contextually relevant task shifting
  • Ethics and advocacy
  • Resource allocation in healthcare systems
  • Working together developing cooperative partnerships
  • Working in new contexts.

Global Surgery Stories

Our experience with the 10-Group Robson classification system in Egypt to analyse its high caesarean section rate

Dr Bismeen Jadoon, a Healthcare Researcher and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, discusses caesarean section rates in Egypt.

Authorship demographics in global surgery, 2016-2020

Dr Krithi Ravi, an Academic Foundation Doctor at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, shares her latest published work.

What is the extent of global health teaching activities at UK medical schools?

Global health is the study, research, and practice of medicine focused on improving health and achieving health equity, and should be integrated into medical school curricula. InciSioN UK Collaborative set out to evaluate the extent of global health teaching activities at United Kingdom (UK) medical schools.

Global Scalpels: A global surgery podcast

Founded in 2020 by Riana Patel and Taylor Ottesen, the 'Global Scalpels' podcast aims to bring together a number of interesting speakers to show the work behind the scenes in global surgery and to highlight the people creating some of the most innovative projects in sectors such as technology, law, advocacy, and research.

Experiences with Mercy Ships

Senior paediatric surgery nurse Gabrielle Dent discusses her time volunteering with Mercy Ships.

Strengthening ties between Oxford and Tanzania

Professor Kokila Lakhoo, along with colleagues from the Oxford University Global Surgery Group, is developing paediatric surgery through a link in Tanzania. In this blog post, Professor Lakhoo reports on their latest trip, which was part of a continuous ongoing strengthening of ties between the Oxford team and Muhimbili National Hospital in Tanzania.