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Research Letter
Pacific Coast Surgical Association
July 14, 2021

Local Staff Perceptions and Expectations of International Visitors in Global Surgery Rotations

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
  • 2Department of Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California
JAMA Surg. Published online July 14, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2021.2861

Current literature documents significant surgical trainee interest in global surgery rotations, trainees’ motivations for seeking international opportunities,1 and how international experiences shape career aspirations.2 Global surgery rotations have proliferated in residency programs to meet these interests, and studies have documented benefits with these rotations in low-resource settings.3 However, it is critical to evaluate how local staff at partner facilities perceive visitors’ roles and contributions to avoid misperceptions and optimize mutually beneficial partnerships—a topic that has not been extensively investigated. Our study evaluated how local staff at a partner facility perceived the role of visitors and the impact of hosting international health care workers on the facility and staff.

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