Tag Archive for ‘volunteerism’

Dr. Turner and her daughters

Looking forward – March 2015

The revitalized ACS Operation Giving Back program, under the direction of new Medical Director Girma Tefera, MD, FACS, is the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month.

International surgery provides opportunities for residents to serve and learn

Globalization has increased the need for surgeons and surgical trainees to provide care beyond the borders of North America, and surgical residents are responding and showing greater interest in international training opportunities. There are several reasons to pursue these opportunities, and this article provides an overview of the benefits of international training.

ACS Fellows provide surgical leadership and service in India

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.

A win for all: Faculty-student partnerships in surgical humanitarianism

There is a long history of incorporating an educational component into both long-term and short-term surgical missions. The purpose of this article is to identify the major benefits of medical student-dominated efforts, and reconcile the many criticisms and limitations of such projects.

Cultural Competence: Why surgeons should care

The importance of cultural competence in medicine has gained recognition in academic forums and literature over the past five decades. These discussions were born of the realities that face health care today as a necessary response to the increasingly diverse U.S. population, coupled with emerging evidence of health care disparities and the initiatives that seek […]


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