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4th AKU Annual Surgical Conference


4th AKU Annual Surgical Conference

The Department of Surgery, Aga Khan University, Pakistan, is organising its 4th Annual Surgical Conference from February 1-4, 2019. The theme of the conference is ‘Global Surgery: Bridging the Gap’. The Conference is an effort to identify the need for surgical care and aims to improve health and health equity for all who are affected by surgical conditions. It aims to improve access to surgical care through interdisciplinary and transnational collaborations, and multifaceted knowledge exchange. Access to surgical care depends upon social, geographical, structural, financial and political dynamics of specific countries. It requires infrastructure for the timely accessibility of a health care facility that has the capacity to provide the needed surgical care in a safe manner while being affordable as well. These intricate and interlinked challenges require interdisciplinary and innovative solutions.
In view of the theme and its unique challenges, we have opted to combine the conference with a Hackathon. A Hackathon is a process borrowed from information technology, where a short period of intense collaboration among software development experts is used to develop new software. Medical hackathons bring people together to create fresh new solutions for stagnant issues in biomedicine. These events, now occurring worldwide, serve as a platform for people - medical or non-medical - to put their heads together, generate new ideas, and develop them into implementable projects. At AKU, we have run hackathons to create solutions for the Emergency Room, Children’s Hospital, and Medical Education.
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