Detailed programme

The inter-university certificate “Humanitarian surgery in austere environments” is a program comprising:

  • A preparatory work by the student
  • 90 hours of classes given face-to-face and in English

Preparatory work by the student
  1. Review of human anatomy, with particular respect to musculo-skeletal and vascular anatomy (75 h)
  2. International Humanitarian Laws – IHL (ICRC e-learning training Centre) (15 h)
    • a) Basic rules and principles of IHL (8 modules with evaluation)
    • b) Thematic module 1: health care in danger, the legal framework
    • c) Thematic module 2: rights and responsibilities of health-care personnel in armed conflicts and other emergencies C) * ICRC textbooks (2 volumes) on war surgery (75 h)
  3. * ICRC textbooks (2 volumes) on war surgery (75 h)

  • Manuel de Chirurgie humanitaire [Manual for Humanitarian Surgery] (M. Ledecq, éditions Lavoisier)
  • op Knife. The art and craft of trauma surgery (Hirshberg & Mattox, Castle Hill Barns editors)

Humanitarian Surgery Course
  1. Course program (90 h)
    • Introduction to humanitarian medicine and surgery
    • War surgery module
    • Resuscitation and anaesthesia module
    • Head, neck and spine surgery module
    • Plastic surgery module
    • Thoracic surgery module
    • Vascular surgery module
    • Abdominal surgery module
    • Urologic surgery module
    • Obstetrics module
    • Paediatric surgery module
    • Orthopaedic trauma
    • Logistics, pharmaceutics and specific questions
    • Hands-on lab
    • Evaluation
  2. Course study (40 h)
  3. Course evaluation (5 h)