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Whether you're a student who wants to learn how to have an impact on the world or a VCU supporter interested in engaging in the legacy we're creating around the globe, come join us.


Internal Applicants

External Applicants

VCU Global Health Seminar Series
Monday, March 25, 5-6:30 PM

Mike Mallah, MD
Trauma/Acute Care Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Director of MUSC Global Surgery Program, Medical
University of South Carolina

Monday, March 25, 5-6:30 PM
MMEC 3-200 (Learning Theater) or Zoom:

Questions? Email: accessprogram@vcu.edu


About the Seminar Series

This monthly lecture series was started to highlight the amazing international work done by physicians in the area. Students, residents, fellows, and faculty interested in global health, specifically global surgical efforts, are invited to attend.

Overview: Our Global Surgical Mission

Welcome to the VCU Program for Global Surgery. We invite you to see, share, and support the impact we can make around the world.

VCU Health is a public institution where we offer crucial regional support for patients and families regardless of their needs or their finances. We bring the same work ethic and compassion to institutions around the world to improve patient care in many hard-to-believe scenarios. According to The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, five billion people around the world lack access to safe and affordable surgical care.

For several decades, our surgeons have worked across numerous countries to consult, teach, and support the development of other surgeons, trainees, and students to deliver the best care possible in their settings.

Meet Edgar Rodas, MD

Program Director

Edgar B. Rodas, MD, FACS
Director, VCU Program for Global Surgery
Associate Professor
Division of Acute Care Surgical Services
VCU Department of Surgery

photo of Edgar Rodas, MD

Meet Edgar Rodas, MD

ACCESS Program at VCU School of Medicine

Acute Care and Systems Strengthening in Low Resource Settings (ACCESS) Program

The ACCESS Program is a 4-year longitudinal academic program at the VCU School of Medicine that offers students interested in acute care such as Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, OBGYN, and Critical Care a unique educational experience to acquire indispensable knowledge for the delivery of care in low-resource and international settings. 

The program’s comprehensive, competency-based global health curriculum includes lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical specialty-based work, research, community engagement, and international collaborative partnerships. Learn more.

Funding Resources

If accepted, scholars will be asked to apply for available grants at VCU or other institutions/organizations to support their work. Self-funding is also acceptable.

Global Scholar Tracks

We encourage interested medical students, residents and fellows to work with VCU surgeons in collaboration with various global surgical partnerships.

Global Scholar Tracks

VCU Global Surgery Leaders and Partners

Currently working across three continents—South America, Africa, and East Asia—we are grateful to our Global Surgery Partners without whom we could not organize our missions. Equally important to our program is the generous support from collaborators Charles and Ginny Crone, who created the VCU-Crone Scholars Program, a collaboration between VCU and the Ministry of Health in Rwanda.

We invite you to learn more about our faculty leaders, their partners, and the surgical services they provide around the world.

Learn More

Supporting Global Surgery

We encourage donations and in-kind support in order to enhance the mission of VCU Program for Global Surgery. Resident travel scholarships, teaching materials, technology services, all funding goes to support the mission of global surgery and global health.

Recognizing the Crone Family

A special thanks to Charles and Ginny Crone for their initial gift supporting our collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Rwanda.

We would also like to thank them for their subsequent gift to support VCU General Surgery Residents as they work on our global surgical collaborations.

Their philanthropic support has been critical to advancing our collaborations and helping VCU surgery residents engage meaningfully in these collaborations and become outstanding clinicians serving patients in the US and abroad.

Recognizing the Crone Family

How to give

Your gift will help us continue our global impact by supporting the training of new physicians in global surgery and expanding our outreach to countries that inspire to improve their health and well-being.  We have identified three overarching goals that we hope to achieve in the next three years:

  • Become the worldwide leader in global surgical education
  • Develop respected academic opportunities for trainees of all levels
  • Improve our efforts in sustainability and capacity building around the world

How to Give

Global Surgical Experiences

Through our global surgery program we offer vibrant opportunities for VCU faculty, trainees, and our partners to work together teaching and supporting the development of safe and affordable surgical care around the world.

Learn more about the individual experiences that illustrate the incredible diversity of training our faculty and institution have to offer.

Global Surgical Experiences

How to Contact Us

Edgar Rodas, MD, FACS
Director, VCU Program for Global Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Acute Care Surgical Services
Department of Surgery, VCU School of Medicine

Nancy Valencia-Rojas, MSPH
Program for Global Surgery Coordinator
Department of Surgery
Virginia Commonwealth University