DMV Global Surgery Symposium

The GSSA Chapter at George Washington University School of Medicine worked with several other schools in the DMV area to host the DMV Global Surgery Symposium! The keynote lecture was recorded and can be watched at the links below. You can also click here for pictures and a summary of the event!

Date: Saturday December 9th, 2017

Time: 8:30am-1:30pm EST

Location: Milken School of Public Health at George Washington University


Go to or to watch the keynote address by Dr. James Cobey!

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Summary of the DMV Global Surgery Symposium

By: Betty Yibrehu - President of George Washington Med's GSSA Chapter

On Saturday December 9th, the first annual DMV Global Surgery Student Symposium was hosted at the Milken School of Public Health in Washington DC. Medical students from The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, the University of Maryland and Virginia Commonwealth University came together to plan this hald-day event. The symposium featured a keynote address by Dr. James Cobey, who discussed the changing landscape of global surgery and highlights from his over 50 years of work in global health. Thereafter a diverse range of breakout sessions were lead by Dr. Edgar Rodas (VCU), Sister Dede (Georgetown) and Dr. Rachel NeMoyer (Rutgers), covering topics ranging from mobile operating rooms in South America, to global health as a dual surgeon and primary care provider and how medical students and residents can get involved in global surgery. The event concluded with an interdisciplinary panel featuring an OBGYN, MPA, and CRNA who shared their unique experiences working sustainably overseas. After a successful inaugural conference the DMV area is looking forward to continuing to grow and host similar events in the future. 

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