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Global Surgery Pro-Con Debate: A Pathway to Bilateral Academic Success or the Bold New Face of Colonialism?

Global surgery, especially academic global surgery, is of tremendous interest to many surgeons. Classically, it entails personnel from high-income countries going to low- and middle-income countries and engaging in educational activities as well as procedures. Academic medical personnel have included students, residents, and attendings. The pervasive notion is that this is a win-win situation for the volunteers and the hosts, that is, a pathway to bilateral academic success. However, a critical examination demonstrates that it can easily become the bold new face of colonialism of a low- and middle-income country by a high-income country.

Citation: 

Scheiner, Alyssa, Jennifer L. Rickard, Benedict Nwomeh, Randeep S. Jawa, Enrique Ginzburg, Tamara N. Fitzgerald, Anthony Charles, and Abebe Bekele. “Global Surgery Pro-Con Debate: A Pathway to Bilateral Academic Success or the Bold New Face of Colonialism?” J Surg Res 252 (August 2020): 272–80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2020.01.032.

Published Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Published In: 
J Surg Res
PMID: 
32402397