Below you can find resources for Global Surgery suitable for all levels. We will continuously update these resources. If there is a resource that you think you and others might find helpful please let us know and we will add it to the page

Global Surgery: An Introduction

An introductory ebook on Global Surgery and its basic concepts written by Dominique Vervoort.

InciSioN Videos

InciSioN’s Youtube Channel features videos made from our internal capacity building workshops, as well as other sessions hosted by InciSioN.


InciSioN research resources

Repository of Global Surgery Research

This repository was created by the 2020 Research Subteam. The team ran a systematic search of PubMed to identify global surgery articles from inception to March 30, 2020. The search was done without language limits, and the results were reviewed for classification. The resulting document comprehensively classifies articles based on the NSOAP pillar covered (workforce, service delivery, funding, information management, governance), level of complexity (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), and open access status. This document is available to InciSioN NWG leaders via Google Drive.

InciSioN Authorship guidelines 

The 2020 Research Subteam developed authorship guidelines to prevent and resolve conflicts in large group research collaborations. These authorship guidelines are meant to complement existing authorship guidelines. The guidelines use a points-based system and a research contribution tracking spreadsheet to quantify the involvement of each contributor.

Third party research resources

Other International Research opportunities

Our members and National Working Groups have in the past joined international research collaborations. We recommend the reading, joining, or following these projects:

-> GlobalPaedSurg:

-> GlobalSurg:

-> COVIDSurg:

-> Global Neurotrauma Outcomes Study:


World Bank

To assess longitudinal changes in the six surgical indicators proposed by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, in 2016, a second data collection on these indicators pertaining to surgery for each country worldwide was performed. Under the supervision of Mr. Andy Leather and Dr. Justine Davies at King’s College London, and in collaboration with Dr. John Meara at Harvard University, and the WHO GIEESC (Global Initiative on Emergency and Essential Surgical Care), between July 2016 and January 2017, selected members of the International Student Surgical Network (InciSioN) took a mixed-methods approach to collect this data, which have been updated in the World Bank database on July, 1st 2017.

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Global Surgery Publications

Global Surgery Organizations

Global Surgery Maps

  • WHO Surgical Workforce Map

  • WFSA World Anesthesiology Workforce Map

  • WFSN Neurosurgical Workforce Map

  • COSECSA Global Surgery Map

  • World Bank WDI