Friday, May 25-Sunday, May 27th 2012

The Canadian Network for International Surgery and t he University of Toronto Office of International Surgery are proud to host the 12th annual Bethune Round Table on Global Surgery in Toronto, Ontario.


Call for Abstracts:

All accepted abstracts will be published in the Canadian Journal of Surgery. A limited number of travel grants will be considered for accepted abstracts.

This call is for abstracts for the podium presentations.  Presentations are 15 minutes long.  Projects with rigorous assessment of outcomes are preferred.  Projects with international collaboration or cooperation are preferred but not essential.

The Abstracts should follow the following format in 250 words:


Please submit abstracts or questions to:

Submission deadline: January 17, 2012

Registration: will be available in January 2012.


BRT History

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 both 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 propagate 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 low to middle income countries.

Meet the 2012 conference host:


The 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 15 years, CNIS has offered life-saving skills to more than 15.000 African health providers, preventing the suffering and deaths of millions of Africans each year.



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