Research Team

We aim to Create a medium for equitable research collaborations, leading to reliable, ethically obtained data, on status of global surgery

Research Collaboration Interest Form

Dear Future Collaborator:
Please complete this form to facilitate the initiation of your research collaborations with InciSioN. A member of InciSioN Research Team will contact you shortly after the submission of this form to schedule a call. All communications regarding this collaboration and information provided by you, will be kept confidential by our team.

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Direct National Working Group Research Collaboration Interest Form

Dear Future Collaborator:
Please complete this form to facilitate the initiation of your research collaborations with specific National Working Group(s) of the International Student Surgical Network (InciSioN). All communications regarding this collaboration and information provided by you, will be kept confidential by our team. The National Working Group leader(s) will contact you shortly after the submission of this form to schedule a call.

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Improving surgical care delivery for all.

Global surgery research has been essential in highlighting disparities in surgical, obstetric, and anesthetic care. The findings from global surgery studies have been instrumental in the advocacy and have informed policymaking. InciSioN has contributed substantially to international and regional global surgery studies. The most remarkable contribution of InciSioN was as a part of the 2016 team that collected data for the World Development Indicator (WDI) surgical indicators. InciSioN members serving as virtual internships collected data from all the Ministries of Health in the world. The latest version of the WDI surgical indicators can be found on the World Bank database. This database has been used for modeling studies and for the design of National, Surgical, Obstetrics, and Anesthesia Plans.

The InciSioN research subteam has been fostered the development of research projects and collaborations and created opportunities for research-education, and mentorship for its members across the globe through: the InciSioN Research Proposal Program; InciSioN Research Mentorship Program;  InciSioN Research Capacity Building program; Global Surgery Journal Club; and External Collaborations.


Internal Research Projects

In summer 2017 the InciSioN Research Proposal Program was developed and launched by Katayoun Madani ((InciSioN Research Team Leader at the time), in an effort to create proposals by the members of the organization to be implemented within our network of National Working Groups (NWGs). This program involves a blinded peer-review process carried out by the InciSioN Research
Subteam that leads to the development of new research proposals. Three proposals were submitted and run successfully on the first run of this program:
* A comparison of surgeons’ mental health among various countries and its relation to different social factors and health systems.
* Surgical Healthcare in your country: A Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment.
* Measuring the Surgical Capacity of Your Country

27 NWGs signed up immediately for these three research projects.


InciSioN Global Surgery Journal Club

Our online Journal Club discusses key and novel research in the field of global surgery on a monthly basis. The aim of the Journal Club is to disseminate knowledge and serve as a platform for debate.

Papers are announced on Facebook and Twitter before every Tweetchat. Club discussions are held on Twitter on the second Saturday of every month from 8 am-12 pm EST (GMT -4). Followers and readers are highly encouraged to engage in discussions and ask any questions regarding the topic.

Twitter: @GlobalSurgeryJC #GloablSurgeryJC


Multinational research

InciSioN ISOMER study – Medical students’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices. This project was created by members of InciSioN UK with other NWGs as co-investigators. The study is ongoing.


InciSioN Research Mentorship Program:

The mentorship program is an ongoing program launched in 2018. The aim of this peer mentorship program is to help students from LMIC earn more experience in Research and develop their own projects. During the first year of the program, early career researchers from low- and middle-income countries were matched with four colleagues from the UK/USA and Canada with greater research experience.
The coordinators of the program are Dr. Dan Poenaru (InciSioN Advisor), Dr. Zineb Bentounsi (InciSioN Trustee), Dr. Katayoun Madani (InciSioN Research Team Leader), Dr. Natasha Caminsky, Dr. Leen Makki and Sarah Medina Kasasni members of the Canadian Global Surgery Alliance.



National working group research

  • Next Generation of Global Surgeons: Aligning Interest With Early Access to Global Surgery Education – Read More
  • Evaluating the impact of a global surgery conference on student perceptions: a survey study – Read More
  • Exploring the knowledge and attitudes of Cameroonian medical students towards global surgery: A web-based survey – Read More

Publications from the international team and executive board

  • InciSioN: Developing the Future Generation of Global Surgeons – Read More
  • A Right to Surgery: Navigating Global Surgery Through a Human Rights Lens – Read More


InciSioN Research Capacity Building (IReCaB)

IReCaB is InciSioN’s internal research capacity building initiative created by the 2020 Research subteam. IReCaB consists of theoretical and practical components – enrollees get 8 weeks of lectures and 6 months of practical research from having a research idea to getting published. The first group of enrollees counted 51 participants.




External Research Collaborations




LifeBox foundation- Ariadne Laboratories- InciSioN

This collaboration was part of an effort to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the surgical safety checklist. Data collection for this study was from July 1st-September 15th 2019. Read the manuscript here.


LAIRC-GSSA-InciSioN

The LAIRC-GSSA-InciSioN project was a collaborative research initiative led by three organizations – Latin American Indicator Research Collaboratory (LAIRC), Global Surgery Student Alliance (GSSA), and International Student Surgical Network (InciSioN). This study focused on interest in global surgery research amongst students and trainees. Data collection went from October 2019-February 2020.