I am an Orthopaedic themed Core Surgical Trainee in Wales. I am the Welsh Rep and one of the two Surgical Reps. I’ve done an MSc in Global Health and the DTM&H in East Africa - courses which have led to some great opportunities to work in various capacities in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. Most recently, I’ve been working with a team made up of UK and Uganda-based Surgeons, Geographers, Intensivists and Forum Theatre Experts on projects to improve care for patients suffering from major limb loss in post-conflict Northern Uganda.
I feel I have so much more to learn about surgical service provision world-wide, and the complexities of the problems highlighted by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. I believe GASOC is paving a way for trainees to contribute effectively to solutions as we progress through our careers.