Bethune Round Table 2016

The Bethune Round Table (BRT) is an annual interdisciplinary scientific meeting hosted at a Canadian academic centre to discuss challenges and solutions to improving surgical care to under-serviced and marginalized populations in low- and middle-income countries. The objective of the BRT is to bring together health professionals from a variety of disciplines including surgeons, anesthesiologists, obstetricians, and nurses to share their research and experiences in the delivery of surgery in low-resource settings.

A multidisciplinary team at Dalhousie University was pleased to bring the Bethune Round Table to Halifax, Nova Scotia for the first time. The 2016 course focused on the theme of “building collaborative teams to strengthen global surgery” including collaboration for clinical service, education, research, and advocacy. The course explored examples of successful collaborations involving multidisciplinary teams.

We are pleased to share photos and presentations from the conference.

We gratefully acknowledge the presenters, delegates, sponsors, and organizers who helped make this exceptional event a huge success. See you in Ottawa!


Incredibly, it has been estimated that 67% of the world’s population does not have access to safe, affordable and timely surgical care1.  Recognizing that global surgical burden of disease is substantial and growing, the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery was launched in January 20142.  This video will give you an idea of some of the discussions that will be happening surrounding the challenges and solutions to improving surgical care to under serviced and marginalized populations in low- and middle-income countries.

For more information visit: The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

Alkire, B. C., Raykar, N. P., Shrime, M. G., Weiser, T. G., Bickler, S. W., Rose, J. A., … Farmer, P. E. (2015). Global access to surgical care: a modelling study. The Lancet. Global Health, 3(6), e316–e323. doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(15)70115-4
2Meara, J. G., Hagander, L., & Leather, A. J. M. (2015). Surgery and global health: a Lancet Commission. The Lancet, 383(9911), 12–13. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62345-4