Outreach Strategies

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 Michigan Center for Global Surgery

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.

Surgical team in Ethiopia
Dr. Raghavendran, Dr. Debas, and Dr. Mulholland standing in front of the Department of Surgery sign at the Michigan Center for Global Surgery Launch Event.
Group of surgeons observing in an operating room in Vietnam

Doctors of Tomorrow

Detroit’s Cass Technical High School has developed a partnership with the University of Michigan Medical School and the Department of Surgery to inspire and prepare high school students from underrepresented communities to successfully pursue careers in healthcare. This established initiative will increase diversity among medical professionals through a longitudinal program of clinical immersion, academic preparation, and leadership development throughout high school and beyond.

Doctors of Tomorrow students using surgical training device
Doctors of Tomorrow students working in a classroom
Doctors of Tomorrow students at a workshop with practice surgical tools

Women in Surgery

The Women in Surgery group fosters mentorship between current and potential women surgeons at Michigan Medicine. The mission of the program is to encourage and support women surgeons to reach their professional and personal goals. Programming consists of informal meetings, group sessions, and guest lecturers on broad topics such as interview skills, salary negotiations, life balance, and career development. The group is composed of women from General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Adult and Pediatric Surgical Critical Care, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Urology, Neurosurgery, and Orthopaedic Surgery at Michigan Medicine, in addition to general surgery residents at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

The Department of Surgery sponsors the annual Women in Surgery Leadership Development Conference, hosted by the Michigan Women's Surgical Collaborative (MWSC). This conference brings together faculty, senior residents, and fellows to hear speakers discuss careers in the field of surgery and to create individualized leadership strategies through engaging conversations and workshops. The MWSC also conducts research to better understand the gender gap in surgery at an organizational level in order to effect change across the field of surgery and all STEM disciplines.

Women in Surgery group
Dr. Coleman in the operating room.
Michigan Women's Surgical Collaborative