The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the need for surgical care throughout the world by passing the World Health Assembly resolution 68.15 in 2015. This resolution calls for a strengthening of surgical and anesthesia services as part of the effort to establish universal health coverage globally.
Our department participates in medical service trips and collaborates with local organizations in countries with limited healthcare capacity. Since the 1990s, our faculty and residents have served marginalized populations in Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Philippines, Uganda, Guatemala, and India.
Dr. Kevin Sykes performs research on the development of effective models of global humanitarian healthcare delivery. These models include medical service trips, and his work aims to evaluate these efforts including their impact on local healthcare systems and the overall contribution to the health of the communities they serve.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Department unveiled the Global Health/Community Outreach (GH/CO) Track, the first in a series of innovations in resident education. Eligible residents may elect to participate in the GH/CO Track during their PGY-3 - PGY-5 year. Residents pursuing this track option collaborate with faculty to design and complete a research project that evaluates health care delivery in a marginalized population.