The Tsao Fellowship in Global Health: A Model for International Fellowships in a Surgery Residency

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery

National surveys have found that North American surgical residents have significant interest in international training. While global health training opportunities exist, less than a third of these are housed within surgical residency programs; even fewer are designed specifically for plastic surgery residents. The Tsao Fellowship was created through a partnership between Operation Smile, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Shriners Hospital for Children, and the University of Southern California. Designed for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited plastic surgery residents between their third and fourth years of residency, the fellowship curriculum is completed over 24 months and divided into 3 areas: clinical research, international reconstructive surgery fieldwork, and the completion of a Master of Science in Clinical and Biomedical Investigations.

Comprehensive global health fellowships provide invaluable opportunities beyond surgical residency. The Tsao Fellowship is a model for integrating international surgical training with global health research in plastic surgical residency that can be applied to other residency programs and different surgical specialties.

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Authors: Caroline A. Yao, Trisa B. Taro, Heather L. Wipfli, Stephanie Ly, Justin T. Gillenwater, Melinda A. Costa, Ricardo D. Gutierrez, and William Magee III
Published By: The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Date: March 2016
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