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Comment & Response
May 30, 2019

Medical Students and Global Surgery Efforts at Academic Medical Centers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;145(7):690-691. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2019.0918

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.