Global Surgery Pro-Con Debate: A Pathway to Bilateral Academic Success or the Bold New Face of Colonialism?

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Global surgery, especially academic global surgery, is of tremendous interest to many surgeons. Classically, it entails personnel from high-income countries going to low- and middle-income countries and engaging in educational activities as well as procedures. Academic medical personnel have included students, residents, and attendings. The pervasive notion is that this is a win-win situation for the volunteers and the hosts, that is, a pathway to bilateral academic success. However, a critical examination demonstrates that it can easily become the bold new face of colonialism of a low- and middle-income country by a high-income country.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Scheiner, A; Rickard, JL; Nwomeh, B; Jawa, RS; Ginzburg, E; Fitzgerald, TN; Charles, A; Bekele, A

Published Date

  • August 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 252 /

Start / End Page

  • 272 - 280

PubMed ID

  • 32402397

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-8673

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jss.2020.01.032


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States