Teaching Hand Surgery in the Developing World: Utilizing Educational Resources in Global Health

Journal:

Hand Clinics

Author(s):

Peter Deptula
James Chang

Date Published: 2021
Topic(s):
Training and Education
Hand
Education
OPEN PUBLICATION
The development of surgical capacity in the developing world is essential to address the global burden of surgical disease. Training local surgeons in low-income and middle-income countries is critical in this endeavor. The challenges to teaching hand surgery in the developing world include a shortage of local faculty, absence of a defined curriculum, no competency-based evaluation systems, few subspecialty training opportunities, and lack of financial support. To teach hand surgery in the developing world effectively, the authors suggest principles and components of a global training curriculum.