• OCT 23, 2020

    It’s a Small World After All: The SIS Global Health Committee

    Jennifer L. Rickard, MD

    It’s a Small World After All: The SIS Global Health Committee

    In these unprecedented times, the recognition and awareness of our global world is increasingly acknowledged. We need to understand and be aware of infections in a global context. Now, it is even more important to recognize infections on a global scale. The SIS Global Health committee aims to work with surgeons and colleagues globally to better understand surgical infections, ranging from epidemiology, management and treatment practices, and outcomes.

    One of the initial efforts of the global health committee was a focus on equity, making both membership and conference registration more accessible for low- and middle-income country (LMIC) peers through a tiered pricing scheme. Next, we evaluated the burden of surgical infections in LMICs. Now, our current projects focus on better understanding national surgical site infection surveillance programs. At the SIS annual meeting, we have had annual global health symposium where we share and review current themes in surgical infections through a global lens.  We hope that this can also be used as a platform to understand how colleagues globally address infectious challenges, including their responses to the global pandemic.

    We are fortunate to live in a time where global communication is open and available. While many things have slowed or halted due to the pandemic, our communication lines are open. We have the opportunity to reach out and connect with surgeons around the globe. Through collaboration and communication, we can improve processes and outcomes, learning from others facing the same or similar circumstances.

    We’re all in this together, albeit socially distanced with our masks on!

    Jennifer L. Rickard, MD