In August 2017, several schools came together to host the major Boston-wide screening of "The Checklist Effect," a documentary on safety and ethics in global surgery.

Other schools/organizations who hosted screenings so far include:

  • AMPATH Kenya

  • Brown University Medical School

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

  • Penn State University College of Medicine

  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

  • University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio

  • University of Utah School of Medicine

We encourage anyone and everyone to host a screening at their school! Just follow the links under the trailer. If you decide to host a screening at your school, let us know at so we can share your event with everyone!

The Checklist Effect

Check out the trailer for the "The Checklist Effect," a documentary produced by Lifebox Foundation, and directed by Lauren Anders Brown of Collaborate: ideas & images. The Checklist Effect outlines the importance of safety in surgical care worldwide, and shares direct perspectives from  surgical teams around the world.

To learn more: 

To host a screening:

Global Surgery News

Check here for news on what students and trainees around the country are doing to advance global surgery. We'll also link you to research and initiatives that are shaping the field.

Launching the National Surgical Obstetric and Anesthesia Plans

"On Monday March, 19th 2018 Tanzania launched their National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthesia Plan (NSOAP), becoming the third country to do so after Zambia and Papua New Guinea earlier this year. Recently, the Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery - Dubai, and the World Health Organization Global Initiative on Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC) held an NSOAP workshop in Dubai, bringing together almost all surgical, anesthesia, and obstetric world leaders in the same room to address why NSOAPs are the way to go in Global Surgery, and how we, as the international community, can contribute to them and facilitate their progress in countries with different background." -InciSioN.


Follow #NSOAP2018 on Twitter to read up on all what's been talked about and keep an eye out on the PGSSC website to see all recordings: 

Suturing a divided world: How surgery drives global prosperity
Bethune Round Table 2017

Check out this article by GSSA Chair Parisa Fallah on being at the Bethune Round Table, an annual global surgery conference held in Canada:

Boston Global Surgery Symposium 2017
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The website was developed by Parisa Fallah, Roya Edalatpour, Andrew Giles, and Prachi Patel, with help from Gavin Ovsak. Many sincere thanks to Ryoko Hamaguchi for creating our GSSA logo.