Training and accrediting international surgeons. BJS 2019; 106: e27-e33.

Published: 8th January 2019

Authors: S. P. Stawicki, B. C. Nwomeh, G. L. Peck, Z. C. Sifri, M. Garg, J. V. Sakran et al.


Formal international medical programmes (IMPs) represent an evolution away from traditional medical volunteerism, and are based on the foundation of bidirectional exchange of knowledge, experience and organizational expertise. The intent is to develop multidirectional collaborations and local capacity that is resilient in the face of limited resources. Training and accreditation of surgeons continues to be a challenge to IMPs, including the need for mutual recognition of competencies and professional certification.


MEDLINE, Embase and Google Scholar™ were searched using the following terms, alone and in combination: ‘credentialing’, ‘education’, ‘global surgery’, ‘international medicine’, ‘international surgery’ and ‘training’. Secondary references cited by original sources were also included. The authors, all members of the American College of Academic International Medicine group, agreed advice on training and accreditation of international surgeons.

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