Global Surgery and Acute Care Surgery (GSACS) Fellowship

Fellowship Description

The Global Surgery & Acute Care Surgery (GSACS) Fellowship is a 12-month clinical fellowship program created through a collaboration between the Office of Global Surgery and the Acute Care Emergency Surgery Service at the University of Alberta.

The fellowship delivers a customizable and flexible curriculum aimed to develop skills and competencies for future leaders in global surgery. The program seeks to build a greater understanding of the ethical and systems-level considerations and challenges in global surgery and provides opportunities for the fellow to engage in education, research, and health systems development in resource-limited settings.

In consultation with the program directors, the fellow will design and implement a tailored fellowship curriculum that best aligns with the interests and learning objectives identified by fellow.

In general, the fellow can expect to undertake a portion of clinical training in Edmonton, Canada, and elect to undertake international rotations at any one or more of the OGS's institutional partners around the world. Pending availability of spots, the fellow
may also elect to undertake a six-month training program in Acute Care Surgery competencies in Edmonton and receive certifications in both Acute Care Surgery and Global Surgery.


This Fellowship is for individuals currently completing surgical training or residency from general surgery or a related specialty.

Fellowship Goals

  1. Train fellows in clinical, administrative, and cultural competencies related to the delivery of care, partnership building, and health systems improvement in the field of global surgery.
  2. Develop fellows' skills in clinical research, education, and teaching at health care centres in resource-limited settings.


Interested candidates should submit the following documents as an application package to the Program Directors:

  • One-page (single-spaced) personal statement articulating your experiences and interest in the field of global surgery, as well as how you envision you will benefit from this fellowship.
  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three (3) letters of reference, two (2) of which must be from surgeons.

Please submit completed application package as one single PDF file to both Dr. Abdullah Saleh ( and Dr. Sandy Widder ( with "Global Surgery Fellowship Application" included in the email subject.

Applications must be received on or before September 15 for the fellowship term commencing July 1 of the following year. Interviews will take place during November. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

For international applicants, acceptance into this program is contingent upon the applicant's medical license. If you do not hold a license to practise in Alberta, please refer to the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) website and contact the CPSA directly for any inquiries regarding licensing.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Global Surgery at

Last Update: November 2019