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ASiT Global Surgery Course - ASiT 2018 Pre-Conference Courses


Venue: Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Friday 6th April 2018

Course Convener: Kat Ford

Target Audience: Any

This is a pan-specialty course aimed at trainees of all levels, regardless of your previous experience of working in austere environments. The aim of the course is to prepare delegates to plan and undertake clinical and academic work in Global Surgery.

Faculty include surgeons, anaesthetists and obstetricians with significant experience of working abroad in a diverse range of settings. With a small number of delegates (15 maximum), we have ensured a flexible, interactive environment with a high faculty:delegate ratio.

The first section of the course will cover practical issues about working in Low and Middle-Income countries (LMICs) ethically, sustainably and enjoyably. These include selecting a suitable placement, practical considerations, and research in LMICs. With a multidisciplinary focus, this section will also consider Safe Surgery principles, including implementation science, public health, ethical issues in global surgery and the WHO checklist.

The secondary section of the course will use practical models to teach and refresh knowledge of the three Bell-Weather procedures (3 procedures that make up around 70% of surgeries undertaken worldwide: C-section; fracture fixation; laparotomy). These three skills will familiarize delegates with safe practice for these procedures, reinforcing learning of these core skills in surgery.



08:30 - 09:00 Welcome and Introduction

09:00 - 09:45 Lessons from the Field- Organising and Implementing a Global Surgery Placement

09:45 - 10:15 Introduction to the Lancet Bellweather Procedures/WHO Global Health Goals

10:15 - 10:45 Improving Surgical and Anaesthetic Safety in the Developing World

10:45 - 11:00 Coffee

11:00 - 11:15 Research and Audit in Global Health

11:15 - 11:30 Obstetric Emergencies


For the practical sessions, there will be 4 small groups of 5 rotating between the following stations:

  • Global Paediatric Cases
  • Basic Fracture Management
  • Obstetric Emergencies and C section Practical Session
  • Emergency Laparotomy Cases

11:30 - 12:30 Station One

12:30 - 13:30 Station Two

13:30 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Station Three

15:00 - 16:00  Station Four


16:00 - 16:45 Infectious Diseases Considerations

16:45 - 17:15 End of course MCQ and feedback


The course will conclude with a free evening drinks reception and canapés from 1800.

For further information please contact

Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Morrison Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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