Global Surgery Fellowship
In 2015, the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery showed that at least 140 million additional surgical procedures are needed to prevent loss of life or significant disability worldwide. Nearly half of the world's population - more than 3 billion people - live on less than $5.50 a day. Access to essential surgical care is limited or non-existent for 2 billion people.
The purpose of the Creighton University Global Surgery Fellowship program is to significantly impact the absence of acute surgical care in low-resource, rural and marginalized communities in the United States and low and middle income (MIC) countries.
The Creighton Global Surgery Fellowship will use the Preferential Option for the Poor to guide all activities for patients, trainees, employees, and co-volunteers while providing free surgery to save the lives of underserved patients and surgical training for developing country trainees.
The Creighton University Global Surgery Fellowship will decrease the worldwide disparity in access and quality of surgical care. The fellow will operate and train essential operations in a developing country with the intent of local practitioners becoming proficient without supervision. The fellowship will establish sustainable partnerships with in-country residency training programs to solve local healthcare disparities, particularly in the vulnerable, rural populations.
Pictured: Dr. Frank Lisso of the Foundation of African Medicine and Education near Karatu Tanzania with our inaugural fellow Dr. Kelly Shine.
average dollar amount half of the world's population lives on each day
additional surgical procedures are needed to prevent loss of life or significant disability worldwide
people experience limited or non-existent essential surgical care