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February 2010

Open Letter to Young Surgeons Interested in Humanitarian Surgery

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: South African Medical Unit, M[[eacute]]decins Sans Fronti[[egrave]]res, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Arch Surg. 2010;145(2):123-124. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2009.253

In recent years, surgery has been recognized as an essential component of global health.1 Many American surgeons work for humanitarian organizations or academic surgical departments that provide surgical care and training in resource-limited settings. Interest by trainees in practicing surgical care in resource-limited countries is unprecedented.2 Establishing a career in this field is challenging, but opportunities to gain experience have dramatically increased. The following are 10 suggestions for medical students and surgical residents to prepare for a career in humanitarian surgery.

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