PremKumar Anandan, MS, FACS. Bangalore Medical College And Research Institute
It was an eye-opener when the lancet brought the attention about global surgery. It is estimated that the deaths due to lack of access to surgery is far greater than deaths due to malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS put together. There is greater need to stress the importance in developing countries. There is a responsibility at the medical schools to enlighten students about this necessity and arouse interest in concept of global surgery. The students or surgical residents in the future are a great resource to solve this major problem. The first step would be to educate surgical residents. We need to assess the existing awareness about global surgery problem among surgical residents. We can plan a program to train the next generation surgeons.
Methods and procedure
All the surgical residents in our institution (Victoria hospital, Bangalore, India) were enrolled for this study. A total of 212 residents were enrolled. A multiple-choice questionnaire regarding global surgery was designed. The received questionnaire was analyzed to assess the depth of knowledge about global surgery. There were 20 multiple choice questions (MCQ) and an option was provided at the end for feedback and suggestion to improve the global surgery in our country. Each question carried one mark. Score more than 10 was considered the cutoff for pass and those students were termed ‘informed’.
91(42.9%) students cleared the cut off score of 10 and were termed ‘informed’. Among this group 21(9%) residents scored 20 marks. 121 (57.07%) students did not cross the cut off and were termed ‘non- informed’. Among these 57 (26.8%) students scored 0 marks and did not know anything on the topic. 43 students provided relevant suggestions and opinions to improve global surgery issue.
There is a great lacuna in knowledge about global surgery among surgical residents. We need to plan a program integrating global surgery in the syllabus of surgical training. The awareness among residents would arouse interest and participation in the future.
Presented at the SAGES 2017 Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.
Abstract ID: 87871
Program Number: P474
Presentation Session: iPoster Session (Non CME)
Presentation Type: Poster