Improving Education in Global Health
The 2020 ACAPS Winter Retreat, to be held in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 22-23, will focus on topics aimed towards improving education in global health. Global health is a growing need that will direct the future of our surgical specialties, particularly in light of statistics that show a majority of the world’s population lacks access to proper surgical care. Therefore, the need to improve global access to surgical care must start with improving education of surgeons in the delivery of global health care. Plastic surgery is at the forefront of this effort, with the world’s largest charities for global surgery targeted towards cleft care. The ACAPS Winter Retreat focuses on exploring ways in which global health care can be better integrated into the plastic surgery curriculum, and how plastic surgeons from this region can extend their global health education to further the education of surgeons in low and middle income countries to meet the reconstructive needs of their patients. The Retreat will feature 6 panels of one-hour each (Saturday), and 6 Roundtable sessions in which all participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts in global health in small-group discussions (Sunday morning). We will also feature updates from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the Residency Review Committee in Plastic Surgery, and free paper sessions to further engage residents and medical students. New this year are travel scholarships for medical students and residents, with the goal of maximizing participation by all members of the plastic surgery community, from medical student to program director.
We look forward to seeing you in Austin, TX this February.
|Arun K. Gosain, MD
|A. Neil Salyapongse, MD
|Anthony Smith, MD