An International Collaborative Study on Surgical Education for Quality Improvement (ASSURED): A Project by the 2017 International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC) Travel Scholars International Working Group
Journal – World Journal of Surgery
Publication date – Jan – 2020
Authors – Anip Joshi, Bernardo Borraez-Segura, Mariyah Anwer, Oluwaseun Ladipo-Ajayi, Francisco Schlottmann, Diem Nguyen Ngoc Le, Andrew G. Hill & Michael G. Sarr
Keywords – LMICs, quality improvement, surgical education
Open access – Yes
Speciality – Surgical Education
World region South America, South-eastern Asia, Southern Asia, Western Africa
Country: Argentina, Colombia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Vietnam
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on May 8, 2020 at 9:05 am
Background: There is a huge difference in the standard of surgical training in different countries around the world. The disparity is more obvious in the various models of surgical training in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) compared to high-income countries. Although the global training model of surgeons is evolving from an apprenticeship model to a competency-based model with additional training using simulation, the training of surgeons in LMICs still lacks a standard pathway of training.
Methods: This is a qualitative, descriptive, and collaborative study conducted in six LMICs across Asia, Africa, and South America. The data were collected on the status of surgical education in these countries as per the guidelines designed for the ASSURED project along with plans for quality improvement in surgical education in these countries.
Results: The training model in these selected LMICs appears to be a hybrid of the standard models of surgical training. The training models were tailored to the country’s need, but many fail to meet international standards. There are many areas identified that can be addressed in order to improve the quality of surgical education in these countries.
Conclusions: Many areas need to be improved for a better quality of surgical training in LMICs. There is a need of financial, technical, and research support for the improvement in these models of surgical education in LMICs.
OSI Number – 20314
PMID – 31907571