Recent updates regarding the unmet surgical need indicate that 5 billion of the world’s 7 billion people lack access to safe and timely surgical care.1 One of the critically missing pieces is trained surgical staff, including surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and biomedical engineers. The ecosystem of people and processes, as well as supplies and infrastructure, is necessary to begin to remove the gaps in care. Yet, how to fill the human resource gap has remained a conundrum. The consortium approach to surgical education has many merits and has worked well in other, nonsurgical settings where consortia of universities support the medical training programs in a low-resource country.
Swaroop M, deVries C. The Conundrum of Training in Global SurgeryAre We There Yet?. JAMA Surg. 2015;150(11):1079. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.2225