Collaborating for greater worldwide health opportunities

Local Partnerships

National Partnerships

    1. Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS)

  • Bethune Round Table
    Departments of Surgery, Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS), led the development of the 2016 conference.

  • Essential Surgical Skills (CNIS)
    The purpose of the Essential Surgical Skills course is to put into the hands of primary care providers working in low-income regions a standard set of life saving surgical skills for emergencies that such clinicians face frequently.

    It is common in low-income regions to have scarce or a complete absence of certified surgeons. One does not need to be a surgeon to competently carry out lifesaving surgical skills. Non-surgeons can develop the competence and confidence to apply surgical care in order to save lives in circumstances that are common to most communities.

2. Canadian Associaton of General Surgeons (CAGs)

3. Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)

International Partnerships

1. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre: The GSO collaborates with the Global Cancer Disparities Initiative at MSKCC on a range of projects, including those with external, peer-review funding. Active areas of collaboration include access to mammography and US-guided breast biopsy in Nigeria.

2. African Research Group for Oncology: Dalhousie University and the GSO are active members of this NIH-funded research consortium, which now includes over a dozen tertiary care facilities in Nigeria, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre and Mont Sinai (NY).

3. The Team Broken Earth Haiti teams bring together health care professionals in emergency medicine, anaesthesia, orthopaedic surgery, pediatric medicine and plastic surgery, who support one another to provide much-needed education and support to the Haitian medical system.

All team members are part of the ongoing educational progress for medical care in Haiti—an integral system that has been set up through partnerships with the Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port-au-Prince and the Haitian government.

Halifax Broken Earth has been to Haiti in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. Virtual education has continued during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4. The Faculty of Medicine Clinical Simulation and Skills Centre (FOMSSC) at the University of Rwanda officially opened in February 2013 through a joint initiative between Global Surgery and the Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine. Original funding for the project was through a Grand Challenges Canada Rising Stars grant.

Our Global Surgery Office (GSO) supported the development of this centre through participation in surgical education and team training. Courses include Basic Surgical Skills Course and Perioperative Scrub Skills (Nurse Training).

Dalhousie GSO is collaborating with surgeons, anesthetists and residents from the University of Rwanda, Dalhousie Anesthesia and McGill University to develop an integrated surgical skills and simulation curriculum.