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BFIRST are delighted to announce the launch of a new podcast – GlobalSurgTalk. In this series, members of the BFIRST Medical Student Committee interview a number of prominent surgeons involved in global surgery where they take a behind the scenes look at the experiences, challenges and triumphs of visiting and local surgeons.

Each episode focuses on a different country that BFIRST has worked with and is around 10-15 minutes long. Episodes can be accessed via iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and all other podcast apps. Our hope is that these discussions will provide an insight into the personal experiences of those involved in global surgery and help improve engagement and raise awareness of the vital work carried out by BFIRST and by surgeons in general in less developed countries across the globe.

Episode One features Dr Faith Muchemwa, one of Zimbabwe’s only consultant plastic surgeons who took part in a BFIRST fellowship in 2019. During their discussion, Dr Muchemwa and BFIRST Medical Student Chair, Terouz Pasha discuss the so-called ‘brain drain’ and how to ensure that local surgeons feel valued as a part of their team while accepting that their actions cannot be controlled should they wish to work abroad. While health workers have the right to go wherever their skills are needed, their home countries are often left struggling with shortages. But is it ethically right to prevent surgeons from leaving their home country and moving to places that offer higher wages and improved living standards?

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