Overview of the Global Surgery Program

As increased travel, migration, and trans-national cooperation shrinks the world into one global community, the OSU Department of surgery aims to foster the training and development of students, residents, and faculty who are prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of the modern era. During PGY4, our residents have a unique opportunity to participate in 1-month international elective rotations in either a high income country (HIC) or low and middle-income country (LMIC) setting.

Rotations in a HIC setting, where disease conditions are similar to those in the US, expose residents to complex surgical care in a different health system. In contrast, exposure to surgery in the under-resourced environment of LMIC hospitals has the primary goal to help provide care to host communities. In addition, there are possible benefits for our residents as they gain exposure to diseases and treatment approaches not typically seen in the US, and learn how to carefully utilize scarce resources to provide effective surgical care. In both settings, residents develop international professional relationships that will be useful in the future.

We are one of very few programs that offer electives in both LMIC and HIC. Also, our elective rotations are purposefully located in teaching institutions, such that are our residents are able to participate in peer teaching, and design and implement scholarly projects in collaboration with residents and faculty in our partner departments of surgery.


  • To improve access to quality surgical care worldwide


  • To help develop our students, residents, and faculty to become global citizens
  • To become a global leader in promoting safe surgical care in underserved communities at home and abroad, through partnerships in education, training, research, and innovation


High-Income Country (HIC) Rotation
ACGME-accredited rotations to Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia will begin in 2017. 

Low and Middle-Income Country (LMIC) Rotation

We are planning to begin rotations at Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa, a teaching hospital of Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia. Our institution has an established relationship with AAU through the OSU Global One Health program, in the Office of International Affairs. A site visit in December 2017 will be followed by an application for ACGME accreditation.

Resident Research Projects

Each resident selected for an International rotation will be required to develop a field research project in advance so that data collection could begin upon arrival at the host site. Residents will work with faculty from OSU and host faculty to identify appropriate research projects.

Global Health Interest Group

This is an an institution-wide project that connects residents interested in global health across different specialties. Quarterly journal clubs are held to discuss cross-cutting subjects.

Our Leaders

Our leaders

Nwomeh Benedict

Benedict C. Nwomeh, MD, MPH

Director, Global Surgery Program

Program Director, Pediatric Surgery
Professor, Surgery and Pediatrics

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