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Identifying the best methods and evaluation tools to train surgeons across international settings


About This PhD Project

Project Description

Training surgeons and standardising surgical techniques across the world will rapidly disseminate evidence based practice and improve patient care at scale. However, the optimum way to train surgeons and the best way to evaluate the impact of this training requires more research. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work across two learning platforms to deliver this research:
1. NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery - to reach surgeons across 50 low and middle income countries (LMICs).
2. European Society of Coloproctology - to reach colorectal surgeons across Europe.
The fellow will learn how to design and deliver research across multiple countries. The research questions will include:
1. What is the best way to train surgeons to deliver a randomised trial across LMICs? The Fellow will work with a range of stakeholders to develop assess, and improve delivery of training for the FALCON trial. This trial is recruiting over 5000 patients from LMICs, testing methods to reduce surgical site infection.
2. Does standardising surgical technique across multiple countries improve patient outcomes? The Fellow will develop and deliver a randomised trial of training techniques to standardise practice around bowel anastomosis. This will be delivered across the NIHR Global Surgery Unit and the ESCP networks.
3. Can outcome collection from major randomized trials in low and middle income countries be made more efficient? Working across platforms, there will be opportunities to test ways to improve delivery of trials, that will impact on research trials across the world.

Contact with the supervisors is encouraged before applying.

If you would like to apply, please submit an up to date CV along with 2 academic referees and a personal statement detailing your research experience to Sohini Chakrabortee, Programme Manager,


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