GSMIG – Global Surgery and Medicine Interest Group

Officers

President Kyung Woo Hong
Vice President Erica L. Braschi
Treasurer Erich J. Zellmer

Welcome to the Global Surgery and Medicine Interest Group!

The Global Surgery and Medicine Interest Group (GSMIG) aims to educate, inspire, and unite students through engagement and mentorship in global surgery and medicine. Such opportunities include lunch talks (food provided), chances to meet and interact with attending physicians and residents involved with global surgery/medicine, and research and clinical opportunities abroad.Whether you are interested in surgery/anesthesia/OBGyn, public health, economics, finance, policy, engineering, education, statistics, or any combination of these, you have a very significant contribution to make to this growing field. And no matter how little or how much you can contribute, your involvement in global surgery/medicine is incredibly necessary and valuable.

What is Global Surgery/Medicine?

Global surgery is “a field that aims to improve health and health equity for all who are affected by surgical conditions or have a need for surgical care, with a particular focus on underserved populations in countries of all income levels, as well as populations in crisis, such as those experiencing conflict, displacement, and disaster.” According to the Lancet Commission, 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia care when needed. Worldwide, 313 million surgical procedures are done; however, only 6% of them are performed in the poorest countries with 1/3 of the world’s population. In 2010, roughly 16.9 million lives (almost 1/3 of total deaths worldwide) were lost from conditions needing surgical care. HIV/AIDs, TB, and malaria made up roughly 3.83 million deaths worldwide in 2010 as well.

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*Reference: Meara, J, Leather A, Hagander L, et al. Global surgery 2030: Evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development. Lancet. 2015;386:569-624.