LOCATION: Africa (Rwanda)
TOPIC: Surgery, Research & Education
A major barrier to improving surgical access and outcomes is the lack of research capacity in Low to Middle Income Countries (LMICS). Recognizing this, Dr. Yihan Lin, from the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) has worked in Rwanda to help develop a complete curriculum for operational research training (ORT). ORT is a rigorous research training method, which develops research on key operational issues while simultaneously building local research capacity. This course is spaced over three modules within the course of 8 months to allow time to complete critical milestones in between each module. The three modules will consist of: 1) Protocol Development; 2) Data cleaning/analysis; and 3) Manuscript preparation. Research fellows serve as facilitators for ORT, providing mentorship in all phases of the ORT.