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MacOrtho Team on 2015 annual visit to Uganda

International Surgery Desk (ISD)

The ISD objectives are to promote the Development of partnerships, include Education in all projects, encourage Service to low and middle-income countries, and contribute to Knowledge generation. For more information on the ISD, please see our About Us page.


Spring 2016 ISD Newsletter

The Spring 2016 ISD newsletter has been released and features updates on award and scholarship winners, Uganda partnership and research global surgery research. Please click here to view the report.

2015 ISD Annual Report

The 2015 ISD Annual Report has been released! Please click below for a summary of the endeavors accomplished by the ISD over the last year.


Side by Side

The inaugural newsletter of the International Outreach Program of St. Joseph's Health System is available for viewing here: Side by Side December 2015

Winter 2015 CNIS Operative Report

The Winter 2015 CNIS Operative Report has been released. It features updates on recent international workshops and courses in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda. Please click here to view the report.

Fall 2015 ISD Newsletter

The Fall 2015 ISD newsletter has been released and features updates on Uganda, Guyana and research publications. Please click here to view the newsletter.

Experiences in Uganda

Dr. Matthew Macleod, a PGY4 orthopedic surgery resident, spent 9 days in Uganda in April-May 2015.

[Read report by Matthew Macleod on his eye-opening experience in Uganda]

Presentation at World Congress of Surgery

Please join is in congratulating Dr. Elena Parvez, a general surgery resident, for her recently accepted abstract. She will be giving a podium presentation at the World Congress of Surgery in Thailand this August.

[Read abstract by Elena Parvez titled "Evaluation of a structured hernia repair course for intern physicians in Northern Uganda"]

Report from Nepal

Dr. Jessica Kwapis has been working at Tansen Hospital in Nepal since completing her general surgery residency at McMaster, and was present for the disastrous earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015.

[Read more about Jessica Kwapis's experiences in Nepal]

Donations for disaster relief can be made through the Samaritan's Purse website.

Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care

The University of British Columbia will be launching the Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) in September 2015. The GSGSC is an online 12 credit program designed to meet the growing need for professional development of students interested in focusing on the global health problem of the burden of unmet surgical care.

[Read more about UBC's Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care]

Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery recently published its main report, "Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development." Dr. John Meara, the chair of the Commission, will be the keynote speaker for BRT 2016.

[Read the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery's full report]


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Last Updated December, 2015

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