Publication and Research Rep

Riana Patel

Surgery

Oxford

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.

ABOUT US 

We are a trainee-led group of anaesthetists, surgeons and obstetricians promoting trainee involvement, education and research in low and middle income countries.