Feb 23 - Feb 24
Sat - Sun

International Humanitarian Surgical Skills Course

Li Ka Shing Center for Learning & Knowledge, Stanford, CA

A Continuing Medical Education Conference presented by the Center for Innovation in Global Health


Statement of Need

This CME activity will help prepare the International Humanitarian Aid volunteer for delivering health care in a low resource setting for treatment of common surgical and obstetric conditions.   In developing and in-crisis countries, the surgical volunteer must truly be a “generalist” and able to handle an array of surgical conditions.  This 1 ½ 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 required for 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, primary repair of inguinal hernia, 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 international course is intended for Physicians and Allied Health Professionals of all specialties interested in humanitarian surgery.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should 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
  • primary tissue inguinal hernia repair

Evaluate the influence of resource factors on surgical decision-making in low resource environments and tailor care to the specific setting. 

Course Directors

Sherry Wren, MD, FACS

Course Director
Professor of Surgery, General Surgery

Kay Daniels, MD

Course Co-Director
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

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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