Global Pediatric Surgery Committee

Introduction

Welcome to the APSA Global Pediatric Surgery Committee (GPSC) web page on PedSurgResource. We would like to inform you of our recent activities and to provide links to websites that might be of interest and use to you.

Our mission is to

  • develop partnerships with overseas colleagues to facilitate the exchange of information and resources
  • advocate and encourage responsible international service and surgical education by APSA members and trainees
  • facilitate the educational opportunities of surgeons caring for children in resource limited settings
  • identify and support areas of research relevant to pediatric surgical care in resource limited settings.

Our long term vision is to promote access to optimal surgical care for children throughout the world and aim to identify partners in resource limited settings.

For a list of committee members see the Global Pediatric Surgery committee page on apsapedsurg.org.

Initiatives

The initiatives conducted by the GPSC have a unifying goal: to promote APSA as a leader in global pediatric surgery

  • by integrating efforts at all levels: APSA committees’ activities, the individual surgeon, the institutions and the professional societies
  • by harmonizing with ongoing efforts and initiatives
  • by supporting global health efforts of APSA members
  • by inspiring and engaging APSA and international pediatric surgical constituencies into these efforts
  • by implementing global health programs in a strategic manner to achieve the mission of the GPSC.

The GPSC principles used to implement these initiatives include

  • tap into the existing resources of APSA and other nongovernmental organizations or societies
  • focus on workforce capacity building primarily through education and training
  • use an academic approach with integrated system-strengthening efforts with outcome-based interventions which could potentially be funded by future external grant support
  • emphasize high impact but safe, feasible and resource-appropriate initiatives.

See also Global Pediatric Surgery in the Pediatric Surgery Not a Textbook.

APSA Global Surgery Surveys

APSA Travel Fellowship

For surgeons early in their careers working in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), please consider applying to be an APSA Travel Fellow. APSA will sponsor your travel and registration to the annual meeting and provide a complimentary pedsurglibrary.com subscritpion. In addition, we are offering a program whereby travel fellows will be able to choose an area of special interest and visit an institution in the United States or Canada for for to six weeks for an observership and specialty training either before or after the annual meeting.

Additional Resources

MD1world

MD1world is a confidential forum for discussing patient care. After being accepted as a user, physicians can log in and provide patient details, including images and photographs. Other pediatric surgeons will provide online discussions and responses to questions asked. Visit the MD1world website.

Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS)

GICS is a recently formed coalition including providers from all children’s surgical subspecialties. The projects are driven by surgeons working in low- and middle-income countries, helping to define needs, design practical solutions and promote research. Visit the GICS website.

Global Paediatric Surgery Network (GPSN)

Recently joined with GICS, the GPSN was formed with the goal of providing resources and promoting collaboration between surgeons and institutions providing care in low- and middle-income countries. Visit the GPSN website.

The Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma, and Anesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance)

The G4 Alliance, represented by more than 70 worldwide organizations, advocates for the neglected surgical patient, aiming to put surgical care on the health agenda of low- and middle-income countries through strategic relationships with the World Health Organization and policy making bodies. Visit the G4 Alliance website.

Operation Giving Back (OGB)

OGB is the humanitarian arm of the American College of Surgeons, helping to coordinate care in low-resources environments in the Unite States and overseas. Visit the OGB website.

World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS)

WOFAPS consists of more than 100 pediatric surgical societies around the globe, organizing educational meetings and other gatherings. Visit the WOFAPS website.