International programs in the education of residents: Benefits for the resident and the home program

Abigail Rodriguez, Trung Ho, Charles Verheyden

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There is a significant need for basic surgical care worldwide. In recent years, modest improvement in fulfilling this demand has been achieved through international medical mission trips from various organizations. These humanitarian endeavors and global health experiences have generated increasing interest in participating in international missions from surgical residents. However, many academic institutions currently do not have the infrastructure or desire to support surgical residents participating in medical missions. This paper aims to illustrate that careful, planned integration of medical mission trips into the residency curriculum will develop and enhance resident education and experience by fulfilling all six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies and by benefitting the native program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2283-2286
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Core competencies
  • Global health
  • Medical missions
  • Plastic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)


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