Global Surgery Student Alliance
Dr. Katie Howe
We would like to create a global surgery student group here at Virginia Tech Carilion. GSSA has a toolkit and team to support students as they create their groups, and have an exciting network of student leaders around the country to connect us with. We have received an incredibly supportive response from the Carilion surgery department and are excited to bring together students, residents, and attendings who are passionate about global surgery.
At the very core, global surgery is "a field that aims to improve health and health equity for all who are affected by surgical conditions or have a need for surgical care, with a particular focus on underserved populations in countries of all income levels, as well as populations in crisis, such as those experiencing conflict, displacement, and disaster.” Important to this effort is all aspects of surgery, including anesthesia, OB/GYN, and nursing.
Whether you are interested in surgery/anesthesia/OBGYN, public health, economics, finance, policy, engineering, education, statistics, or any combination of these, you have a very significant contribution to make to this growing field. And no matter how little or how much you can contribute, your involvement in global surgery is incredibly necessary and valuable.