To expand access to sustainable reconstructive surgical care in developing countries, ReSurge has developed the ReSurge Global Training Program (RGTP), a multi-year program to train the next generation of humanitarian surgical teams.
In collaboration with our international partner surgeons and established plastic surgery training programs in the developing world, the aim of RGTP is to train plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the surgical skills they need to treat their local populations.
Dr. James Chang, ReSurge's consulting medical officer and Stanford's chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery, is leading the RGTP and has established a world-class faculty of leading experts from around the globe to contribute to the program.
Through the program, ReSurge along with academic surgeons, medical volunteers and our seasoned humanitarian surgical partners will:
Adapt and strengthen reconstructive surgery curricula and systematize medical education programs so they are relevant in developing countries.
Evaluate and assess local surgeons using globally standardized surgical classification methods to determine their initial skill level.
Identify specific gaps in training and create customized curriculum components based on local epidemiological needs and capacity of the health care workforce.
Deploy medical educators to conduct the training needed to advance specific skills.
Re-assess local surgeons after each round of training and upgrade their surgical classification when appropriate.
Leverage similar measurable, progressive training modules for other medical disciplines (anesthesiology, nursing, pediatrics, occupational and physical therapy, and other related disciplines) needed for safe surgical teams.
Learn more about the four components of the RGTP below.