Global Surgery Fellowship
Dear Program Director,
The Creighton University Department of Surgery initiated a two year non-ACGME accredited Global Surgery Fellowship starting in July 2017. “In Creighton’s Jesuit, Catholic tradition, the mission of the School of Medicine is to improve the human condition” and “transform learners into exceptional physicians who are leaders in advancing medicine, health and well-being.” The Fellowship is providing dedicated and exceptional surgeons while meeting the desperate surgical health care needs of developing countries.
The fellowship director, Dr. Charles Filipi, has 16 years of experience initiating and providing surgical and medical humanitarian health care in underserved countries and has founded two non-profit organizations Hernia Repair for the Underserved herniahelp.org and Chronic Care International chroniccareinternational.org. Creighton University has a diversified global health program and the Medical School Dean and the President of the University are highly supportive of the fellowship. Division chiefs of Urology, Anesthesia, Dentistry, Oromaxillofacial Surgery, Obstetrics and from the Maricopa Burn Center in Phoenix have participated in curriculum development and will supervise the fellow during their first year rotations.
In the first year the fellow will be taught operations and medical care not learned in a general surgery residency, but necessary in a developing country. The operations include C sections, repair of 4th degree perineal lacerations, management of post-partum hemorrhage, placement of supra-pubic cystostomys, cystoscopies, the administration of spinal, and general endotracheal anesthesia, regional blocks, extraction of teeth, management of facial fractures, surgical trauma including burr holes, eye enucleations and rapid splenectomy in the cadaver laboratory and the repair of large inguinal scrotal hernias in the Dominican Republic with Dr. Filipi and other hernia experts.
The last 3 months of the first year and the second year is spent at a first level hospital in a low income country. During the second year the fellow will do 200 – 400 major operations and begin training a local health provider to do essential operations; appendectomy, hernia repair, C sections and laparotomy for bowel perforations. The fellow keeps a google doc spreadsheet on all patients during the first and second year which is monitored by the fellowship director. Additionally in the second year the fellow must develop at least one health care system that will positively impact 200 or more local people.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens who have finished an ACGME approved surgical residency by June 30, 2019 and are board certified, or if within 1 year of residency completion, qualified to take the American Board of Surgery QE / CE examinations.
How To Apply
If interested, applicants please provide the following documents via e-mail to Ms. Katrina Brungardt program coordinator at KatrinaBrungardt@creighton.edu
• Documentation of a cumulative ABSITE score of > the 50th percentile
• A letter of reference from the applicant’s surgery department chairman
• A letter of reference from the applicant’s program director
• A personal statement about surgical global health
• A Current CV
We thank you in advance for sharing this letter with your residents.
Charles J. Filipi, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
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