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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

Global Surgery Seminar Series — Wednesday, October 21

This month's speaker is Quinn K. Lippmann, MD, MPH, FACOG, a urogynecologist double board certified in OG/GYN and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Join VCU Program for Global Surgery and the Global Surgery Student Alliance at VCU on Wednesday, October 21 at 5:00–6:00 pm for this month's Zoom presentation:

global surgery seminar series october 21

“Research in Malawi and Urogynecology in Rwanda: My experiences with global health in East Africa”

Zoom Link:

download flyer: globalsurgery_seminar_oct2020

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.

Please contact us for speakers' information or if interested in presenting.

VCU School of Medicine ACCESS Symposium 2020: "Overcoming Limits in Global Health"

September 19, 2020

The symposium will be held via Zoom on September 19th, 2020 from 8:00am–12:30pm (EST).

ACCESS Symposium: Overcoming Limits in Global Health

Link to register: https://rampages.us/access/symposium/ 


In 2019, the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine developed a four-year, longitudinal curriculum program called ACCESS (Acute Care and Systems Strengthening) for students interested in acute care and global health. Now in its second year, ACCESS provides VCU medical students with the opportunity to acquire skills, develop a systematic understanding, and design health system strengthening strategies to address acute care needs in low-resource settings in a sustainable manner.


Medical students in the ACCESS Program have been hard at work planning a virtual global health symposium this September, and are hoping to engage a wide range of students, physicians, innovators, and anyone eager to learn.

This year's focus is on the theme: “Overcoming Limits in Global Health.” Given the nature of COVID-19 and its disruption on the field, we expect this to be a productive discussion on the challenges of global health work, especially within the acute care specialties of Surgery, Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, and OB/GYN. We recognize the value of participation from a variety of institutions and are excited to invite your students to join as participants during the symposium.

For more information: gibsona3@vcu.edu

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.

Program Director

Edgar B. Rodas, MD, FACS
Associate Professor
Division of Acute Care Surgical Services
Department of Surgery

Academic Profile

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thank you to our Donors!

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

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How to Contact Us

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