CU Residents Make a Global Impact


The Colorado Humanitarian Surgical Skills Workshop

This workshop has been held in the spring for the last several years. It is a 2-day cadaver-based workshop dedicated to surgical residents in or beyond their PGY-3 year who are interested in global humanitarian work. Applications are accepted in the spring of each year after the announcement is sent out nationally.

The workshop is held at the Center for Surgical Innovation on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Humanitarian Surgical Skills Workshop

Free two-day cadaver-based workshop


Colfax Marathon Fundraiser — May 2019

The CU Surgery residents "ran for a cause" this past spring when close to 60 surgery residents, faculty and staff ran the Colfax marathon as a fundraiser in support of Global healthcare equity and international educational exchange. Yihan Lin, Julia Coleman, Jason Samuels and their fellow residents organized the Colfax marathon fundraiser last May. Participants are listed on the left. In describing the reason for the event, Yihan wrote:

"Our goal for this fundraiser is to create a truly bilateral, long-lasting partnership between the University of Colorado and the University of Rwanda...In the future, we plan to expand this to two-way research, education and health care delivery. We are working with our colleagues from departments all over campus as well as our medical school to expand this beyond surgery. All the additional money we raised this year will be going into an endowment fund to ensure this happens."

The Surgery residents hope to make this an annual fundraising event for the program.

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International Exchanges with China, Rwanda, and Brazil

The CU Surgery residency program has international educational exchange sites in Sao Paulo, Brazil at Hospital do Servidor Publico Estadual, at 2nd Affiliated Hospital for Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, P.R. China, and at National University of Rwanda in Kigali, Rwanda. In addition to Surgery residents from University of Colorado participating in PGY-4 electives at these training sites, University of Colorado invites the participating programs to send their residents for rotations at CU.

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John Frankel with surgery residents and staff in Sao Paulo.