Mismatched Skills

The surgical needs of poor countries—especially in OB/GYN and orthopedics—match up poorly to the skills of altruistic US-trained general surgeons most eager to volunteer, a new paper in World Journal of Surgery shows.

As surgical training in the US has grown increasingly specialized, the skills most needed in humanitarian medicine overseas are no longer taught in surgical rotations. Only 0.1% of general surgery residents in the study, for example, are trained in performing C-sections—the most common surgical need in MSF missions.

Surgeons who have worked in low-resource settings are stepping up with special training modules—but so far the need far outpaces the opportunities.

Source: NPR Goats and Soda

Related: Surgery must be a core part of health care – even in the poorest countries – The Guardian

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