IGSS 2020
At a Glance
IGSS 2020 Program

Full detailed program will be shared on this website soon. Please note the time displayed is in GMT.

First Day
November 6, 2020
Second Day
November 7, 2020
Third Day
November 8, 2020
Fourth Day
November 14, 2020
Fifth Day
November 15, 2020
01:00 pm - 01:30 pm GMT
Opening Ceremony
01:30 pm - 01:50 pm GMT
Featured Presentation
Education in Global Surgery
01:50 pm - 03:10 pm GMT
Education in Global Surgery
Education is one of the most important pillars in global surgery since the success of achieving safe, affordable and timely surgical care for all, will require a deep understanding of issues at hand. This is especially important as it pertains to students and trainees, and early career physicians as they are the future of Global Surgery. This panel will discuss current education status of Global Surgery education globally, as well as needs and challenges that exist to improve education in this emerging field.
03:25 pm - 04:55 pm GMT
Careers in Global Surgery: Pathways, Funding & Gender Equity
Global surgery is a vast arena with many sectors that can present exciting career opportunities. As an emerging field there is much room to work, build and innovate towards the goal of safe, timely, and affordable surgical care for all. In this panel various professionals in Global Surgery will share their experiences working and building this field. Challenges they face, opportunities available today, and what they envision the future will hold for Global Surgery.
02:25 pm - 03:55 pm GMT
Careers in Global Surgery: Pathways, Funding & Gender Equity
Global surgery is a vast arena with many sectors that can present exciting career opportunities. As an emerging field there is much room to work, build and innovate towards the goal of safe, timely, and affordable surgical care for all. In this panel various professionals in Global Surgery will share their experiences working and building this field. Challenges they face, opportunities available today, and what they envision the future will hold for Global Surgery.
05:10 pm - 06:25 pm GMT
IGSS Scientific Forum Oral Presentations I
The Scientific Forum of IGSS presents abstracts submitted from medical students, trainees, and early career physicians from over 25 countries across the globe. The Abstracts have been selected through a rigorous peer review process. Topics of presentations range from Advocacy, Education, General Surgery, Trauma surgery, Thoracic Surgery, NeuroSurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Policy, Health Economics, etc all with a special focus on Global Surgery.
01:00 pm - 01:15 pm GMT
Recap of Day 1 and setting the tone for Day 2: Research and Ethics
01:15 pm - 02:35 pm GMT
Global Surgery Research: The Role of Students, Trainees & Early Career Physicians
Research is a vital component of Global Surgery. All advocacy and policy efforts including the NSOAPs are informed by and built on data collected through local and global studies. Students, trainees, and early career physicians can and must play an active role in Global Surgery Research. Involvement in research is not only a medium for further education and career building but also provides opportunities for innovation and solution development. Over the past six to seven years many research collaboratives have formed that either are created and led by students, trainees and early career physicians, or have a major involvement of this cohort in their studies. This panel will discuss successful regional and global research collaboratives and lessons learned from these experiences. Additionally we will explore gaps , challenges and important ethical issues involving this passionate research workforce across the globe.
02:50 pm - 04:10 pm GMT
Justice, Equity, and Ethics in Global Surgery
It's hard to learn things on an empty stomach. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and unlimited tea and coffee are all part of the ticket price.
04:10 pm - 05:25 pm GMT
IGSS Scientific Forum Oral Presentations I
The Scientific Forum of IGSS presents abstracts submitted from medical students, trainees, and early career physicians from over 25 countries across the globe. The Abstracts have been selected through a rigorous peer review process. Topics of presentations range from Advocacy, Education, General Surgery, Trauma surgery, Thoracic Surgery, NeuroSurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Policy, Health Economics, etc all with a special focus on Global Surgery.
01:00 pm - 01:15 pm GMT
Recap of Day 2 and setting the tone for Day 3
Regional Focus, Global Surgery in Latin America and the Caribbean
01:15 pm to 01:35 pm GMT
Featured Presentation: TRUE Communities
01:35 pm - 02:55 pm GMT
The State of Global Surgical Healthcare in Latin America & the Caribbean
This panel will be a discussion of the current status of Global Surgery in the Latin American and Caribbean region by the physicians, faculty, policy makers and stakeholders from this region. We aim to discuss strategies, policies, initiatives and studies that have made strides in providing quality surgical care, identify challenges remaining, and discuss future goals that can improve the care and diagnosis of surgical pathologies. By the end of this panel we will identify two major challenges to be the topic of further discussion, brainstorming and collaboration in the group B breakout sessions.
04:45 pm - 05:45 pm GMT
Concurrent Breakout Sessions B: Brainstorming the Way Forward in Latin America and the Caribbean
We aim to leverage this opportunity to create lasting partnerships that will move Global Surgery in Latin American and Caribbean regions closer to 2030 Lancet Commission goals. This session is designed to create a medium for brainstorming, discussion and collaborative team building. The focus of the discussion will be the four regional challenges identified in the morning sessions. Four groups will be formed each focusing on one of the challenges. Each group will have 45 minutes for discussions and brainstorming, at the end of this time all particpants will be merged and each group will report on their discussion and the plan of action moving forward.
Registrants will be e-mailed with details on signing up for the groups within this breakout session. Space will be limited, no additional fees will be required to sign up.
04:45 pm - 05:45 pm GMT
Concurrent Breakout sessions A
The objective of breakout sessions is to provide a more interactive medium of discussions. Sessions in group A focus on skill development and capacity building. Each session will be 30 mins, there will be limited capacity, sign up link will be sent to registrants via email prior to symposium. No additional fees are required for these sessions.

Advocacy; What is advocacy? How to be an effective advocate for Global Surgery?

Research; Where to begin? How to find mentors and projects? What should you know before engaging in research? Where to publish?

SoMe; Role of Social Media in career development and networking especially in Global Surgery. Learn how to harness the power of twitter!

06:00 pm - 07:15 pm GMT
IGSS Scientific Forum Oral Presentation II
The Scientific Forum of IGSS presents abstracts submitted from medical students, trainees, and early career physicians from over 25 countries across the globe. The Abstracts have been selected through a rigorous peer review process. Topics of presentations range from Advocacy, Education, General Surgery, Trauma surgery, Thoracic Surgery, NeuroSurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Policy, Health Economics, etc all with a special focus on Global Surgery.
01:00 pm - 01:15 pm GMT
Recap of Day 3 and setting the tone for Day 4
Global Surgery policy and action
01:15 pm - 01:35 pm GMT
Neurotrauma Guidelines for Low and Middle Income Countries
01:35 pm - 02:55 pm GMT
The NSOAPs: Policy for Universal Health Care & Surgery
Data have been reported regarding the lack of access to surgical care globally; the Lancet Commission has now moved from reporting to implementing the National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthesia Plans (NSOAPs). Around the world, geographic, political, economic and cultural differences present unique challenges for scaling up surgical care and defining standards for care and outcomes. This panel will discuss the adversities and successes during the implementation of the NSOAPs. LMIC partners will discuss the issues from an in-country perspective.
03:10 pm - 04:30 pm GMT
Surgical Healthcare System Resilience at Times of Crisis
04:25 pm - 05:40 pm GMT
IGSS Scientific Forum Oral Presentation II
The Scientific Forum of IGSS presents abstracts submitted from medical students, trainees, and early career physicians from over 25 countries across the globe. The Abstracts have been selected through a rigorous peer review process. Topics of presentations range from Advocacy, Education, General Surgery, Trauma surgery, Thoracic Surgery, NeuroSurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Policy, Health Economics, etc all with a special focus on Global Surgery.
01:00 pm - 01:15 pm GMT
Recap of Day 4 and setting the tone for Day 5
Global Surgery policy and action
01:15 pm - 01:35 pm GMT
Surgical Health Care Gaps at the level of District Hospitals
02:50 pm - 04:10 pm GMT
Intersectoral Stakeholders in Surgical Healthcare Ecosystem
Partnerships for Successful Impact
04:25 pm - 05:40 pm GMT
IGSS Scientific Forum Poster Presentation III
The Scientific Forum of IGSS presents abstracts submitted from medical students, trainees, and early career physicians from over 25 countries across the globe. The Abstracts have been selected through a rigorous peer review process. Topics of presentations range from Advocacy, Education, General Surgery, Trauma surgery, Thoracic Surgery, NeuroSurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Policy, Health Economics, etc all with a special focus on Global Surgery.
05:45 pm - 06:40 pm GMT
Closing and Awards Ceremony