Feb 24 - Feb 25
Sat - Sun

International Humanitarian Aid Skills Course

Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge - Stanford, CA

Featuring Case Studies, Didactics and Hands-On Skills Sessions

A Continuing Medical Education Activity. Presented by the Center for Innovation in Global Health at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Statement of Need

This CME activity will help prepare the International Humanitarian Aid Volunteer to function in a low resource setting for treatment of common surgical and OB conditions. In developing countries, the surgical volunteer must truly be a “generalist”, able to handle an array of surgical conditions. This 1½ day course will provide an overview of the scope of conditions that one might encounter in resource limited environments. Through a variety of techniques including skill stations and simulation, participants will familiarize themselves with several relevant procedures, as well as the essential elements of surgical safety, ethics, and cultural considerations in such settings. Specific skill areas that will be taught are orthopedic dislocations and fracture management with traction pins and external fixation, cesarean sections, post partum hemorrhage, wound and burn management, hand cutting of skin grafts and basic skin flaps, emergency burr holes, hysterectomy, uterine evacuations, tendon repairs, tropical medicine for surgical diseases, and low resource anesthetic techniques.

Target Audience

This national and international course will help prepare physicians or allied health professionals to participate in surgical procedures in low resource settings. The course will provide skills training in a number of basic surgical procedures, and is of interest to any health professional interested in humanitarian surgery.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the procedural steps for the following:
    • fracture management
    • cesarean section
    • post partum hemorrhage
    • treatment of tubal pregnancy
    • wound/burn management
    • skin grafts
    • emergent burr holes
    • hand injuries
    • orthopedic dislocations
    • tendon repairs
    • low resource anesthetic techniques
    • management of tropical surgical diseases
    • intrauterine evacuation
    • techniques for difficult deliveries and cesarean section
    • emergency cesarean hysterectomy
  • Evaluate the influence of resource factors on surgical decision-making in low resource environments and tailor care to the specific setting.


Course Director

Sherry M. Wren, MD, FACS

Vice Chair and Professor of Surgery
Director of Global Surgery, Center for Global Health and Innovation Stanford University
Director Clinical Surgery, Palo Alto Veterans Hospital

A Continuing Medical Education Activity

Presented by the Center for Innovation in Global Health at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine


Conference Contact

For conference related questions please contact

Debbie Aube
CME Conference Coordinator
(650) 724-5318

For general questions, please send us an email or call us
(650) 497-8554


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