Academic institutions play a critical role in the setting of global science projects that are fully integrated with local faculty and resident initiatives. Additionally, the Department of Surgery is committed to programmatic development that will inspire and service students and trainees to pursue careers in academic medicine and medical research.
The mission of the Michigan Center for Global Surgery is to reduce barriers of access to basic surgical care globally through education, innovation, research, and advocacy. The Center aims to create sustainable teaching and research programs that can yield extramural funding. Members of the Center include residents and faculty members from the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan, and surgeons from other institutes around the world. The Center sponsors research, education and clinical work related to surgery. The Center provides an infrastructure for research to enhance the exchange of knowledge and facilitate the implementation of ideas for new programs. The center contains an internal, competitive, and peer-reviewed program for launching new research and clinical exchange programs with international partners, and coordinates faculty visits from these centers. Visiting lecturers typically spend 2-3 days here, scheduling time with individual faculty members, touring our clinics and exchanging ideas, and attending other educational meetings. In addition, the Center holds NIH Fogarty Global Health Research Training Grant funding, which provides unique opportunities for senior learners (residents/fellows/Ph.D. students), and helps with identification of mentors and suitable strategies aimed at developing competitive proposals in target areas. Trainees in the latter half of their programs can compete for funding for 11 months of overseas research in Ghana, India, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Thailand, India, or Peru. Faculty in all tracks and levels are eligible to participate in the programs offered through the Michigan Center for Global Surgery.