Global Surgery

Course summary

  • Mon 10 Sep 2018 to Fri 14 Sep 2018
  • Green Templeton College (43 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HG) and Blavatnik School of Government (Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AH)
  • £980.00
  • 20 CATS points
  • Course code O18C034B9Y
  • +44 (0)1865 286945
  • Applications being accepted

Global Surgery


Traditionally surgery has been taught as a technical and practical specialty.  This short course takes a completely different approach and looks at the provision of surgical services at a global level.  The term 'Global Surgery' in this course encompasses all related specialties including obstetrics, gynaecology and anaesthesia/critical care.

This five-day course is suitable for those interested in global surgery in all disciplines. The first four days will comprise presentations, discussions and seminars looking at major topics in global surgery such as burden of disease, manpower issues, training, partnership, supplies, service management and research needs.  There will also be a half-day session on practical preparation for surgery in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). 

The final day will involve attendance at a conference on global surgery held in Oxford at the iconic Blavatnik School of Government and run by the Global Anaesthesia, Surgery & Obstetric Collaboration (GASOC).

The need for global surgery

The publication of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery in 2015 has highlighted the massive disparity in provision of life saving and life changing surgical services around the world.  Recent estimates quoted in the commission report suggest that 5 billion of the world’s 7 billion population do not have access to safe timely surgical treatment near to where people live, and that 150 million more surgical procedures are needed per year if even a barely adequate service is to be provided. 


Programme details

Delegates are advised to arrive in Oxford on Sunday, 9 September to ensure they are able to attend the programme of teaching and interactive workshops beginning on the morning of Monday, 10 September.


Monday, 10 September (Green Templeton College)

  • Global Needs: Lancet Commission/ indicators of surgical need and activity. Evidence and solutions. 
  • Equipping the surgical workforce in an age of rapid communication.

Tuesday, 11 September (Green Templeton College)

  • The journey to safer surgery: the challenges to effective delivery of Surgical Care. 
  • Preparation for Global Surgery; embracing the opportunities and avoiding the pitfalls. 

Wednesday, 12 September (Green Templeton College)

  • The right people for the right job; contextually relevant task shifting.
  • Working together developing cooperative partnerships.

Thursday, 13 September (Green Templeton College)

  • Research driving change; the opportunities and the questions to ask.
  • Delegate presentations
  • Open lecture on the Challenge of Global by keynote speaker

Friday, 14 September (Blavatnik School of Government)

Global Anaesthesia, Surgery and Obstetric Collaboration conference. 


Please note this schedule is subject to change.

Course structure

10 hours pre-course preparation

All participants will be given a list of relevant resources (websites, papers, videos etc). This will be accompanied by a series of questions to enable them to critically evaluate these resources systematically.

35 hours on the taught course and conference

The subjects are outlined in the schedule above and will include presentations from the course tutors and invited international speakers, interactive seminars, small group study and course work undertaken by the participants, leading to a presentation at the end of the week.

20 hours of moderated online teaching

The topics of the 8 timetabled sessions on the programme will be further explored via an asynchronous online discussion managed through the course VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). These will be moderated by an assigned tutor.

Assessment, up to 50 hours

Formative assessment will occur both during the course and in the post-course online discussions. Summative assessment will involve a 4000 written coursework assignment (essay) given at the end of the course, which will give the participant the opportunity to apply the themes presented on the course to their own working environment.  This will need to be returned by four weeks following the course.


Those wishing to may apply to take the course with accreditation. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for the course.

Participants attending the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn 20 CATS-equivalent points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.

Short course participants who do not wish to undertake the assessed work required for academic credit but who do satisfy the course attendance requirements will receive a certificate of attendance.


Accommodation is not covered in the course fee and is the responsibility of participants.  Oxford has a large number of guest houses and hotels.  Limited accommodation may be available to early applicants at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford and walkable to the course venues. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

IT requirements

This course uses an online assignment submission system and online courseware. In order to participate in the course, and to prepare and submit course assignments, participants will need access to the internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification


Course fee: £980.00


If you are a citizen of an LMIC (low or middle income country) and wish to be considered for a bursary to attend this course indicate this on your application form.


The course fee of £980 includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course materials
  • Refreshments and lunch on each day of the course
  • Conference registration refreshments and lunch on 14th September
  • Access to the following University of Oxford libraries and services:
    • Radcliffe Science Library
    • Rewley House Continuing Education Library
    • Bodleian Libraries e-Resources
  • Access to facilities from the Department of Continuing Education, including:
    • The Graduate School
    • WebLearn virtual learning environment
    • Wi-fi access through Oxford Wireless LAN (OWL).

Various payment methods available.

Teaching methods

The course is run by the Oxford University Global Surgery Group which is linked to the four surgically related departments:

  • Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS)
  • Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, (NDORMS)
  • Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (NDCN)
  • Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health (NDWRH)

Joint Course Leads

  • Kokila Lakhoo, Associate Professor, NDS
  • Chris Lavy, Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Surgery, NDORMS

Tutors will include

  • Hilary Edgcombe, Consultant Anaesthetist, NDCN
  • Dr Anita Makins, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, NDWRH
  • Roba Khundkar, Consultant Plastic Surgeon
  • Tony Jefferis, retired Consultant ENT surgeon, NDS
  • Jim Turner, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, NDORMS
  • Nick de Pennington, Neurosurgeon and innovator

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course the participant will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate systematic understanding of the factors influencing the availability and practice of surgical care in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
  • Explain the scope and complex interactions of medical and non-medical factors and institutions in supporting surgical services in LMICs.
  • Critically evaluate surgical research in LMICs and suggest new lines of enquiry.
  • Design a contextually relevant approach to improving surgical services in their own LMIC or one where they may have responsibility or interest.

Assessment methods

Formative assessment (non-assessed) will occur both during the course and in the post-course online discussions.

Summative assessment (assessed) will involve a 4000 word written coursework assignment (essay).

The coursework assignment will be set during the course, which will give the participant the opportunity to apply the themes presented on the course to their own working environment. 

The assignment will need to be submitted online after the course. Provisional date: Friday, 12 October 2018.


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This course requires you to complete and submit the application form below and a copy of your CV.

If you are applying to take this course for academic credit you will also need to complete section two of the reference form and forward it to your referee for completion. Please note that if you are not applying to take the course for academic credit then you do not need to submit a reference.

Please ensure you read the guidance notes before completing the application form, as any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.

Places on the course are limited, so early application is strongly recommended. Once we have received your completed application it will be considered by the admissions panel.

Application deadline: Monday, 30 April at 5:00pm

Successful applicants will be informed by: Friday, 11 May 2018

Selection criteria

The course is aimed at medical personnel with an interest in Global Surgery.  This includes qualified surgeons anaesthetists and obstetricians/gynaecologists and those in training including senior medical students.  The course should also be suitable for allied health care professions linked to Global Surgery.  The academic level of the course will be set at a Masters equivalent (national level 7).