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Surgical residency training and international volunteerism: a national survey of residents from 2 surgical specialties.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22854155     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) lack basic surgical resources, resulting in avoidable disability and mortality. Recently, residents in surgical training programs have shown increasing interest in overseas elective experiences to assist surgical programs in LMICs. The purpose of this study was to survey Canadian surgical residents about their interest in international volunteerism.
METHODS: We sent a web-based survey to all general and orthopedic surgery residents enrolled in surgical training programs in Canada. The survey assessed residents' interests, attitudes and motivations, and perceived barriers and aids with respect to international volunteerism.
RESULTS: In all, 361 residents completed the survey for a response rate of 38.0%. Half of the respondents indicated that the availability of an international surgery elective would have positively influenced their selection of a residency program. Excluding the 18 residents who had volunteered during residency, 63.8% of the remaining residents confirmed an interest in international volunteering with "contributing to an important cause," "teaching" and "tourism/cultural enhancement" as the leading reasons for their interest. Perceived barriers included "lack of financial support" and "lack of available organized opportunities." All (100%) respondents who had done an international elective during residency confirmed that they would pursue such work in the future.
CONCLUSION: Administrators of Canadian surgical programs should be aware of strong resident interest in global health care and accordingly develop opportunities by encouraging faculty mentorships and resources for global health teaching.
Wadih Y Matar; Daniel C Trottier; Fady Balaa; Robin Fairful-Smith; Paul Moroz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie     Volume:  55     ISSN:  1488-2310     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Surg     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-02     Completed Date:  2012-10-15     Revised Date:  2013-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372715     Medline TA:  Can J Surg     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S191-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Cross-Sectional Studies
Developing Countries
Education, Medical, Graduate
General Surgery / education*
International Educational Exchange / statistics & numerical data*
Internship and Residency*
Medically Underserved Area
Orthopedics / education*
Voluntary Workers / statistics & numerical data*

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