To the Editor We read the thoughtful viewpoint by Shaye1 that discusses the role of academic surgery departments in global surgery efforts. In particular, Shaye discussed innovation, teaching, and service as attributes of academic surgical centers that position them as potential leaders in the field.
Shaye points out that strong interest in global surgery exists among young surgeons and residents.2 However, we believe that in addition to young surgeons and residents, medical students also demonstrate a strong interest in global surgery and that students should be exposed career options in global surgery early in their training.
Villavisanis DF, Trinidad SM, Zhang LP. Medical Students and Global Surgery Efforts at Academic Medical Centers. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online May 30, 2019145(7):690–691. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2019.0918
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