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April 25-26 2020 | Center for Surgical Innovation | Denver, CO

5/15/18: Shoutout to the workshop on University of Colorado's Twitter account!
3/1/18: Didactics paired with hands-on cadaveric instruction successfully increases participant confidence, knowledge and competence. Read "The Colorado Humanitarian Surgical Skills Workshop: A Cadaver-Based Workshop to PrepareResidents for Surgery in Austere Settings" in JSE!
8/21/17: The disparities in medical training and the demands of global surgery, including interview snippets with our own course creator Dr. Kuwayama, were recently featured on Reuters and NPR! Articles mentioned in interviews below:
Read "Why U.S.-Trained Surgeons Aren't Ready for Humanitarian Work Abroad"
Read "American surgeons poorly prepared for humanitarian operations"
8/15/17: Are American Surgical Residents Prepared for Humanitarian Development?  Our work to answer this question was recently published in World Journal of Surgery.  
Read our article here

Applications due by Friday, March 6, 2020

Applicants will be notified about decision for invitation the following week

Application link:

All questions can be directed to:


  • 2 day cadaver based workshop dedicated to surgical residents interested in humanitarian work

  • 27 procedures taught including: powerless external fixation, powerless craniotomy, non-mesh hernia repair

  • Taught by University of Colorado surgical faculty from the following specialties: General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, OBGYN, Plastic Surgery, Burn Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, OMFS & Anesthesiology

  • Registration fees to be determined pending course sponsorship


To Apply

  • This course is open to residents in general surgery, OBGYN, and orthopedics

  • Applicants must be in or beyond their PGY3 year to apply

  • Residents must commit to the full 2 day course

  • Application materials include the following and can be uploaded in application link:

    • A brief 500 word description on your experience and interest in global surgery, including how you this course will benefit you in the future.

    • A letter from your Program Director allowing participation for the full 2 day course.

    • A current CV

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