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Details on how a delegation of ACS members became involved in a People to People-led cultural exchange program in India are provided. The authors also recount their experiences at urban medical centers and contrast those visits with the provision of services at a health care clinic in rural India. The economic and cultural factors that affect health care in India, including the effects of industrialization and the traditional caste system, are addressed.
Because more and more trainees in surgery are showing an interest in providing surgical care in resource-limited settings and because the number of rural surgeons in America continues to decline, it is important to inform future surgeons regarding how they can establish a career in volunteer and rural surgery. This article offers some suggestions on how surgical residents—especially those training at community-based teaching hospitals—can forge a career path in rural and humanitarian surgery.