STARSurg & GlobalSurg

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Launched in 2013, STARSurg aims to facilitate multi-centre, student-led audit and research projects, engaging students across UK and Ireland in international collaborative studies. Through these, medical students contribute data to international studies while gaining an understanding of clinical academia, audit and research methodology, and ethical considerations.

Our authorship policy designates PubMed-citable co-authorship to all collaborators, and publishes using the group name ‘STARSurg Collaborative’. To see how this looks on PubMed, please see the entry for our first collaborative publication here.

Our first project in 2013 saw 258 student collaborators representing 31 UK medical schools collaborate to collect outcomes data over a two-week period on a prospective cohort of 1500 patients across 109 UK hospitals. The journal publication details can be viewed on the publications page of our website.

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To find out more about STARSurg, view the articles linked below:

Or contact STARSurg.



GlobalSurg is an international collaboration of surgical researchers including you! Our projects aim to give grass-root surgeons the opportunity to participate in major projects. They will lack complexity and not require extra resources or funding. Every collaborator will be a Pubmed citable co-author on the final paper; we will aim for a high impact factor surgical journals. The projects will be designed to ensure they are easy for local surgeons to execute.

The GlobalSurg collaboration is fostering regional, national and international surgical networks – we recently published on the benefits of these networks in the Lancet. Our growing research network now includes over 3000 clinicians in more than 60 countries. Our projects will act as a hypothesis generating observational tool for future global research studies, including the opportunity for randomised trials.

Wales contained the 3rd highest recruiting centre in the World for the first international GlobalSurg project: ­­­­­Global variations in the outcome of emergency abdominal surgery.

Contact GlobalSurg for more details, or visit the website.

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