On the 24th of March 2017 the Wits Students Surgical Society had the honour of hosting world renowned general and paediatric surgeon, Professor Georges Azzie, for an engaging mini lecture and discussion on Global Surgery. The lecture took place in the Public Health Building at the University of the Witwatersrand’s education campus.
Professor Azzie engaged the students in a 30 minute lecture on the trends in global surgery, and his experiences as a surgeon in South Africa and Botswana. He presented some of his most interesting cases, and we were inspired by the many challenges he has faced and overcome throughout his surgical career- from the lack of resources and trained staff in the low income countries he has worked in, to opposing his colleagues and successfully implementing projects that promote and improve Global Surgery.
After the lecture, a discussion was held and students were able to ask Professor Azzie questions in order to get his views and ideas on specific areas pertaining to global surgery. Through the discussion, Professor Azzie inspired students to come up with ideas to improve surgical services in South Africa and other low income countries in Africa.
The event was a big success, and the Wits Students Surgical Society is honoured to have had the opportunity to afford fellow students the privilege of interacting with a surgeon of Professor Azzie’s caliber.