VCU Global Health Seminar Series — Wednesday, March 17
This month's speaker is Robert Bowers, MD, a missionary surgeon
Join VCU Program for Global Surgery and the Global Surgery Student Alliance at VCU for this month's Zoom presentation:
“Experiences in Missionary Medicine"
This month's guest speaker is Robert Bowers, MD, a missionary surgeon who joined SIM (an interdenominational mission organization) in 1966. He and his wife, Marion, worked in Liberia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Albania, and Bangladesh. He worked in the medical field as a surgeon and she worked in education and music. He will be speaking about his work in missionary medicine and what he learned along the way.
VCU Global Health Seminar Series
"Experiences in Missionary Medicine"
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 5-6PM
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/98809572912
Download PDF: GSS_flyer_March
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.
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.
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.
The Association for Academic Surgery Global Surgery Fellowship grant is an annual award for residents and fellows engaged in global health surgical research
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.
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.
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
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.Learn More
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