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General Surgery Applicants are Interested in Global Surgery, but Does It Affect Their Rank List? J Surg Res 2021 01;257:449-454



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BACKGROUND: The interest of medical students and surgery residents in global surgery continues to grow. Few studies have examined how the presence of global surgery opportunities influences an applicant's decision to choose a surgical training program. We designed a survey to examine the interest in global surgery among general surgery residency applicants and the influence of a global surgery rotation on a general surgery residency applicant's rank list.

METHODS: In March 2019, an online 20-question qualitative survey was administered to all general surgery applicants to a single academic institution. Results were stratified into two applicant groups; applicants from domestic or international medical schools. The survey was designed to capture demographic information, previous global rotations or experiences, future interest in global surgery opportunities, and the importance of global surgery in choosing a residency program.

RESULT: s: A total of 179 (21% response rate) applicants completed the entire survey. Of the respondents 81% were interested in a global surgery rotation during residency, 56% considered a global surgery opportunity as moderately to extremely important to their residency rankings, 71% said they would rank a residency higher if it had a funded global surgery program compared to one without funding and 58% of the surveyed applicants were interested in incorporating global surgery into their future career.

CONCLUSIONS: Global surgery opportunities are important to some general surgery residency applicants. A majority of applicants believe a funded global surgery would positively influence their rank list. As residency programs train residents for their future careers greater consideration needs to be given to developing global surgery opportunities.

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Wilkinson KH, Bowder AN, Goldblatt MI, Olson L, Dodgion CM


Christopher M. Dodgion MD Associate Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Matthew I. Goldblatt MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Career Choice
Education, Medical, Graduate
General Surgery
Global Health
Students, Medical
Young Adult