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The Bethune Round Table is a unique international conference devoted entirely to surgical issues in the developing world, held annually in Canada.

CNIS and the UBC Branch for International Surgery are proud to host the 13th annual Bethune Round Table on International Surgery.

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

May 10-12, 2013

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There are now more surgical care initiatives than ever before. But, a key challenge is better integration of surgical care initiatives within the provision health services. It is this kind of challenge that can only be resolved by bringing together surgeons, academia, NGOs, health professionals and government health leaders to debate the issues and collaborate on practical solutions.

Call for Abstracts Submissions starts October 15th, 2012

Submission deadline, January 18, 2013

All accepted abstracts will be published in the Canadian Journal of Surgery.

A number of travel grants will be considered for accepted abstracts.

Please email to be added to the BIS mail list or to find out more about the meeting.

Meet the 2013 conference hosts:

Branch for International Surgery, UBC

The Branch for International Surgery was created to advance surgical care in international health. It came about as a desire to build on the national interest in surgical care in international health and the realization of the strength of international activity that already exists among “surgical” members of the UBC faculty. The Branch is committed to being collaborative and inclusive, extending involvement to all colleagues in the Faculty whose work includes surgical care or an interest in international health.

Canadian Network for International Surgery
CNIS is a Vancouver-based non-profit organization that provides surgical and obstetrical training in 8 countries in Africa. We send volunteer Canadian instructors to share skills with African colleagues, who then pass on this knowledge to African healthcare practitioners. This unique train-the-trainer approach provides hands-on techniques to build sustainable local capacity. For the last 16 years, CNIS has offered life-saving skills to close to 20,000 African health providers, preventing the suffering and deaths of millions of Africans each year.


Norman Bethune (1890-1939) was a pioneer in global surgery, developing innovative approaches to surgical care during both the Spanish Civil war and the Second Sino-Japanese war. During his professional life, Dr. Bethune exemplified true advocacy for the underserved populations locally and abroad. Having spent a significant proportion of his career at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, the MUHC is honoured to host the Bethune Round Table and remember Norman Bethune’s legacy.

The Bethune Round Table was initiated as a forum to promote Dr. Bethune’s vision as well as foster new ideas for the further development of global surgery. One of the highlights of this forum is the presence of a truly diverse global representation of speakers and attendees allowing for not only the sharing of research, education, and clinical experiences in low- and middle-income nations, but also for the creation of new long-lasting partnerships. The Round Table brings together practicing physicians and allied health workers involved in surgical care from Canada and across the world to discuss issues and present research on surgical care in countries with low to middle incomes.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 12.5 Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This program has been reviewed and approved by UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development.

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