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Hi, my name is Riana, and I am a core surgical trainee working in England. I graduated from Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry in 2017, and subsequently worked as an Academic Foundation Doctor in the Oxford Global Surgery Group from 2017-2019.
I’ve been interested in global surgery for a little while, but for me, one of the most poignant experiences that has inspired my work in global surgery was from working as part of a paediatric surgery partnership with a Tanzanian hospital. It was humbling to see such skilled clinicians in Tanzania dedicating their lives to managing children with surgically-treatable conditions. I was able to appreciate the commonality we all have as members of surgical teams worldwide - the same knowledge, the same values, and the same drive to do the best for our patients. At the time, I was, and still am, very aware that this partnership with our Tanzanian colleagues gave me more than I was able to contribute to the local team.
It made me reflect on what someone at a junior stage in their career could do to contribute to the global surgery cause. One such thing is advocacy and awareness. And this is why I got involved with GASOC. Hopefully, this organisation is something that is accessible to all and inspires others to think about how they too can get involved in an ethical manner.