CSPH’s Academic Global Surgery Forum (AGSF) provides a platform for research presentation, scholarly exchange, and literature review on topical issues in global health as it relates to surgery.
Speakers, from outside and within the CSPH/BWH/Harvard communities, are selected on the basis of their outstanding work and involvement in global health research initiatives, with a particular focus on delivering surgical care in resource poor settings. Past topics have addressed innovative research in wound care, national surgical delivery capacity, and investigations in surgical epidemiology, among other topics that can be reviewed at the archive link below. The monthly forum is attended by faculty, fellows, residents, medical students, and other staff interested in contributing to an intellectual community in global surgery. The AGSF meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM (unless otherwise indicated) in Homans Library at BWH.
Upcoming AGSF/Journal Club Meetings
A Banner Year in Global Surgery: What’s Happening & What’s Next?
Though global surgery is commonly referred to as “the neglected stepchild of global health,” the global surgery community has seen some landmark events/publications over the past year. The Disease Control Priorities released an entire volume on Essential Surgery in the DCP3, published by the World Bank. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery was born and continues to have a huge influence on the current state and the future of global surgery efforts. Finally, in January of this year the WHO’s 68th World Health Assembly passed the first ever resolution acknowledging surgical care and anesthesia.
As we hope to use the AGSF as a venue to discuss emerging ideas in Global Academic Surgery, understanding the key messages of these documents, and their potential impact on the future of Global Surgery will be vital. As such, our first AGSF of the fall will be a discussion on this “Banner Year” in Global Surgery, what the key messages are, and what we can and should do about it.
This week’s reading: Normally we limit the AGSF to 2 original articles and 1 editorial, but this year our first forum will be a little different. So much to cover from the last year in Global Surgery, we’ll focus on just hitting the highlights.
1. Lancet Commission on Global Surgery:
> Please read the attached summary. The entire commission report is also linked below.
Full Commission Report = http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(15)60160-X.pdf
2. Disease Control Priorities 3:
> Please read the key messages. The entire DCP3 Surgery Volume is also linked below.
Full Volume = https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/21568
3. World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution 68.15—‘‘Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage’’:
Mock C. A Banner Year in Global Surgery: Now How to Make it Make a Difference on the Ground. World Journal of Surgery. 16 July 2015
Held on the first Tuesday evening of every month, the AGSF provides a platform for research presentation, scholarly exchange, and literature review on topical issues in global health as it relates to surgery. This event is open to all who are interested; please feel free to distribute this invitation to other interested parties. Refreshments will be provided at each forum. Please contact John Scott, MD, MPH with any questions (email@example.com). We look forward to seeing you there!
*Directions to Homan’s Library: Enter BWH at the 75 Francis Street entrance, head straight back past the information desk (on the left) and the Tower elevators (on the right). Turn right at the signs for the Department of Surgery. Enter the door at the end of the hall, veer left, and Homans Library will be at the end.
This page was last modified on 7/28/2015