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

Journal:

Hand Clinics

Author(s):

Peter Deptula
James Chang

Date Published: November 2019
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.