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Dr Ed MacLaren STAE course testimony

Dr Ed MacLaren

The course days are long and hard work, but needless to say are thoroughly worth it.

There are many ways to get involved with Global Health at the RCOG and the Surgical Training in the Austere Environment course (STAE) has been an example of that for me.

The course is one day of a five-day programme run by the Royal College of Surgeons and the RCOG. It aims to train surgeons who are on the UK’s Trauma Register in obstetric and gynaecological surgical techniques and theory that they might need when working in disaster zones or conflict areas.

The work that I have been involved in has ranged from writing faculty and participant information guides, arranging logistics on the day of the course, helping the faculty on the day deliver the teaching and most importantly encourage other trainees to get involved. It has been a fascinating experience not least teaching groups from such a wide range of medical backgrounds. The course days are long and hard work, but needless to say are thoroughly worth it.

If this is the kind of experience that you could help with then please contact the Global Health Unit.

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