Surgical residency training in the mission setting: current status and future directions

  • James D Smith Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon
  • Dan Poenaru Children's Hospital, Montreal, Quebec
  • David Thompson Harpur Hospital, Menouf
  • J Dwight Phillips Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Keywords: Surgery Residency, Medical Education Missions


Surgery has traditionally been an important aspect of services offered by mission hospitals, but only in the last 20 years has surgical residency training been incorporated into the mission hospital setting.  A working group of surgical educators met in conjunction with the Global Missions Health Conference in November 2015 and discussed the current status of surgical training in the mission setting.  This paper outlines the current status and makes recommendations for mission groups who are contemplating starting a residency training program.  Potential difficulties and the importance of regional recognition of the program are discussed.  The work group felt that it was important to include a strong spiritual emphasis as part of the training.  Future directions and the concern about employment opportunities are explored.

Author Biographies

James D Smith, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon
Professor Emeritus
Dan Poenaru, Children's Hospital, Montreal, Quebec
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics (adj)
David Thompson, Harpur Hospital, Menouf
Program Director, Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons, Harpur Hospital
J Dwight Phillips, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Professor of Pediatrics


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