Mentorship and Career Development

The CGS mentorship activities range from research addressing the burden of injury and surgical disease to clinical activities, student exchanges, resident exchanges and opportunities to present at international conferences. As the professionalization of global health and surgery becomes an expected competency of those engaged in the field, we strive to support this demand by providing students, residents and faculty structured opportunities to set a foundation for their future careers in global surgery while simultaneously addressing the gaps in injury and surgical care.

As an example, we recently supported a student led exchange program between McGill student and medical students from Rwanda and Haiti. The exchange involved a rotation in acute care surgery, training at the Arnold and Blema Steinberg Medical Simulation Centre, a dissection program in the McGill anatomy lab and a research project, split between three weeks in Montreal, and three weeks in Kigali, Rwanda.

More recently the CGS welcomed a colleague from Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique, Dr. Mario Jacobe, who spent 4 months training in the Montreal General Hospital at the McGill University Health Centre. Dr. Jacobe who was supported the implementation of the first trauma registry in Mozambique alongside the CGS. During his time in Montreal Dr. Jacobe also became certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support®. Because of this exchange, Dr. Jacobe has now been appointed in charge of Trauma in Mozambique by the MOH.