For students and trainees

How to get involved 



  • Sign up for the GICS newsletter and join the monthly research webinars to learn about the most recent and groundbreaking global pediatric surgery directly from the authors and have the chance to present your own.
  • Start tweeting on #GlobalSurgery! The global surgery community is widely present and vocal on Twitter, allowing you to network and join discussions with peers and experts from all around the world. Are you new to Twitter? Check out #GlobalSurgery101: why and how you should tweet in global surgery to get started.
  • Join the large Global Surgery Facebook group to stay up-to-date with the recent news, publications, and opportunities.
  • Join the Global Surgery Journal Club on Facebook and Twitter to discuss recent, high-impact global surgery publications with the authors.
  • Sign up for the InciSioN newsletter to stay informed of the work of the Future of the OR around the world and opportunities coming up for you to get involved.
  • Start writing! Write a blog post for InciSioN (mail your piece to or other outlets, or get started with op-ed writing for local or international media outlets.


  • Join an InciSioN National Working Group to advocate for and work on global surgery nationally. Does your country not have a group yet? Then have a look at the English, Spanish, or French toolkits to find out how to start one.
  • Reach out to your mentors, supervisors, professors, or others potentially involved in global (pediatric) surgery. What are their interests and what are yours? How can these overlap to engage in a meaningful project? 


  • Follow the websites and newsletters of GICS and InciSioN to stay informed about the most recent updates and potential opportunities.
  • Attend Global Surgery conferences to network, learn, and present your research. Have a look at the Global Surgery calendar to stay informed about the upcoming events around the world.

Opportunities and programs available 



Building a global surgery career 

  • For those contemplating a career in global surgery, here is the perspective from GICS member Naomi Wright, a trainee in pediatric general surgery in London.




North America

The Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approves international electives during general surgery residency.  Consult the ACGME website for further details. Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) standardizes curricula and competencies for global health and facilitates mutual exchange between institutions in rich and poor countries. The Dramatic Expansion of University Engagement in Global Health, by the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, summarizes recent trends and outlines policy implications. Residency Review Committee Guidelines, by Diana Farmer

United Kingdom

Information for Trainees on OOPE (Out of Programme Experience) Abroad, by Miss Kokila Lakhoo, outlines specific recommendations for British trainees contemplating an international elective, as well as offering practical advice.