Welcome to the Spring 2022 Newsletter!

Happy Spring! Welcome to the BGSC Spring newsletter with the latest updates on our educational programs, international collaborations and projects, and more.

Read on for the latest news and announcements, faculty and student spotlights, featured publications and upcoming events.

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2022 Graduating Class

We are very excited to feature our second cohort of students graduating from the Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC) and several students graduating from our Graduate Certificate of Global Surgical Care in May 2022! We are looking forward to welcoming this class to the BGSC alumni and to see the amazing work they will do in global surgical care in the future. Congratulations on completing the GCGSC and MGSC program!


  • Kimberley Allan
  • Maria Brinza
  • Kristi Lange
  • Andrew Zakhari


  • Lexington Kinnear
  • Huiyu (Anne) Li
  • Jovana Momic
  • Doug Ritter
  • Traveen Singh
  • Caitlin VanDeCappelle
  • Rebecca Withers


Are you passionate about global surgery? Join the next cohort of our Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) and Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC).

Our online programs are for interdisciplinary surgical care professionals focused on addressing challenges and contributing to solutions in low-resource settings. We welcome surgical care clinicians, trainees in surgical care, and allied health professionals of all disciplines.

Applications are now open. Deadline June 14th, 2022 (international) and June 21st, 2022 (domestic). Note that there will be only one intake for 2022/23 academic year in September 2022.

Learn more about our Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) and Master in Global Surgical Care (MGSC) programs.



Instructor Appreciation

BGSC would like to recognize the significant contributions of Dr. Laura Lee.

Dr. Lee is an instructor for SURG 516: Program Planning and Evaluation in Surgical Care Low Resource Settings.

Thank you, Dr. Lee, for your valuable contributions to the course and your commitment and dedication to our learners!




BGSC Student Spotlight Series!

We are very excited to launch our Student Spotlight Series featuring our Master Global Surgical Care students!

This series was designed to raise a greater understanding of the diverse profiles and experiences of Branch for Global Surgical Care students. This series will allow alumni, current and prospective students learn more about our community, the passion behind the students and their road to realizing their goals.

We just featured our first two students recently with more to come soon, so check back on our website!




Congratulations to Dr. Brian Cameron on His Retirement!

Please join us in extending sincere thanks and gratitude for Dr. Brian Cameron’s contributions to the Branch for Global Surgical Care over the years.





Thank you to Dr. Stuart Iglesias!

We wish to recognize and express our appreciation for the contributions of Dr. Stuart Iglesias as co-instructor of SURG 518: Surgical Care in Canada’s Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities with Global Comparisons.

Dr. Iglesias will be stepping down after this term as co-instructor of the course.





Bethune Roundtable 2022

BGSC is excited to host the 2022 Bethune Round table on June 16-19, 2022 with the 22nd theme as "Decolonizing Global Surgery." The conference will be fully virtual to be as inclusive as possible.

The Bethune Round Table (BRT) is an annual interdisciplinary meeting aimed at addressing the challenges of providing accessible, high-quality surgical care to marginalized patients in low-resource settings.

Registration is is open! Take advantage of early bird rates until May 27th. After May 27th and up until the conference, prices will increase by $25 for trainees and $50 for regular participants so register today by clicking the button below and going to the Register tab!

Abstract submissions are now closed. Thank you for your submissions!




Check out our promo video below.

SURG 560 Student Reports

In SURG 560, students complete a field practicum placement grounding their knowledge and skills attained in the other courses of the MGSC. A high-level written report is produced as the final graduating requirement.

MGSC students, Kimberley Allan, Michelle Au, Ryan Falk, Kristi Lange, and Andrew Zakhari, recently completed their reports which are now available on our website.



  • Bentounsi, Z., Nazir,A. (2020). Building global surgical workforce capacity through academic partnerships. Journal of Public Health and Emergency, 4(0) doi: 10.21037/jphe-20-88 (LINK)
  • Falk, R., Topstad, D. & Lee, L. Surgical Task-Sharing in the Western Canadian Arctic: A Networked Model Between Family Physicians with Enhanced Surgical Skills and Specialist Surgeons. World J Surg (2022). (LINK)
  • Redwood-Campbell, L., Arora N., Hunt M., Schwartz L., Vanstone M.,  Hildebrand A., Sharma S., Sohani S, (2022) Domestic application of lessons learned by Canadian health care professionals working in international disaster settings: a qualitative research study Canadian Medical Association Journal 10 (1) E213-E219; DOI: 10.9778/cmajo.20210127 (LINK)
  • Ma X., Vervoort D., Dare AJ, Growing academic global surgery: opportunities for Canadian trainees CAN J SURG Mar 2022, 65 (2) E212-E214; DOI: 10.1503/cjs.018420 (LINK)

  • Aloudat T, Khan T (2022) Decolonising humanitarianism or humanitarian aid? PLOS Glob Public Health 2(4): e0000179. (LINK)



  • 2022 MacGlObAS Joint Grand Rounds featuring BGSC Associate Director, Dr. Emilie Joos, presenting on A partnership between MSF and UBC to augment surgical capacity in sub-saharan Africa - the MSF - UBC Essential Surgical Skills Program (LINK) - Virtual, May 25, 2022

  • Bethune Roundtable 2022. (LINK) - Virtual, June 16 - 19, 2022
  • The Network: Towards Unity for Health TUFH 2022 Canada, Moving Forward Together: Unity for Health for All, (LINK) Vancouver, BC & Virtual, August 16-19, 2022


  • OFF THE TABLE, A Global Surgery Podcast (LINK)
  • COLD STEEL: Canadian Journal of Surgery Podcast (LINK)
  • Global Scalpels: A Global Surgery Podcast (LINK)