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Published Paper!

After 2 years in the making, InciSioN UK is proud to announce that our "Global Health Education in UK Medical Schools (GHEMS)" study is now published on BMC MedEd Journal. This is the first ever mapping of global health curricula done across a country,

Update 29/30/2020

2020 Projects

SOCRiTES Research Project








The SOCRiTES team consists of the steering committee and over 30 local leads at UK medical schools. Data collection is expected to begin in December 2020 and end in February 2021. If you are a final year medical student, keep an eye out for our survey, which will provide an opportunity to get your opinion on this important topic heard!

We hope that our findings will inform the provision of diverse skin of colour representation in undergraduate dermatology teaching in a way that is sensitive and provides practical benefit to students, and additionally demonstrate the utility of collaboratively-acquired, student-generated data in guiding the timely future development of medical curricula.



SURGE Research Project

In 2020, InciSioN UK are launching SURGE, our national multi-centre research project, as well as a number of smaller-scale committee-led projects, all alongside senior researchers in global surgery. There will be plenty of opportunity for collaboration so make sure to stay tuned by watching this space.

SURGE (Study of Undergraduate Respondents on Global Surgery Education)


With over five billion people lacking access to surgical care worldwide, it became evident how important is surgical care within the global health paradigm. Although interest in global surgery is increasing among surgeons in the UK and globally, its long-term success is dependant on medical students' engagement and understating of global surgery and it is implications at an early stage. This is something we want to assess.

SURGE is currently underway. Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to get involved.

In October 2020, we began recruiting local collaborators for a new InciSioN UK study of medical education. SOCRiTES - “Skin of Colour Representation in Teaching and Assessment of Students” - aims to understand how skin of colour representation in undergraduate dermatology teaching influences medical students’ clinical experiences. It is a national, mixed-methods study involving surveys of students and medical school faculty, as well as a series of student focus groups.


Past and Ongoing Projects


There have been repeated calls for more robust global health education within medical training programmes from local and international legislative voices. In 2012, the Global Health Learning Outcomes Working Group (GHLOWG) published in Lancet, a comprehensive list of global health learning outcomes that all UK medical students are expected to achieve by graduation. As the next step to this 2012 Lancet publication, the Global Health Education in Medical Schools Study (GHEMS), conducted in 2019 through national effort, aimed to audit the uptake of these recommendations into UK medical curricula. The GHEMS study was coordinated by students, for students and serves as the first, national assessment of global health education in UK medical schools. The study is currently in press. 


In collaboration with the Lifebox Foundation and Ariadne Labs

2019 marked the ten-year anniversary of the Surgical Safety Checklist, increasingly implemented in operating rooms around the world. Through this international, collaborative research project, InciSioN, Lifebox, and Ariadne Labs evaluate the dissemination, exposure, and use of the Checklist among students and residents in countries around the world with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries.


In collaboration with the Rutgers University Program in Global Surgery


In 2015, the Lancet Commission in Global Surgery introduced six indicators to evaluate and monitor health systems with a focus on surgical care. In this study, InciSioN, together with its United States' National Working Group (Global Surgery Student Alliance, GSSA), collaborates with Rutgers University to evaluate the knowledge and perceptions of the indicators among students and trainees around the world, and assess their interest in pursuing global surgery work.


In collaboration with the World Bank and the World Health Organization

To assess longitudinal changes in the six surgical indicators proposed by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, in 2016, a second data collection on these indicators pertaining to surgery for each country worldwide was performed. Under the supervision of Mr. Andy Leather and Dr. Justine Davies at King’s College London, and in collaboration with Dr. John Meara at Harvard University, and the WHO GIEESC (Global Initiative on Emergency and Essential Surgical Care), between July 2016 and January 2017, selected members of the International Student Surgical Network (InciSioN) took a mixed methods approach to collect this data, which have been updated in the World Bank database on July, 1st 2017.

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