BISC Strategic Planning Retreat and Spring Advisory Committee Meeting

BISC is beginning work on developing a new five-year Strategic Plan for the Branch from 2022 – 2027. Stakeholder consultations will take place with the global surgical care community in British Columbia as well as globally, in order to understand the priorities for this field that the Branch may focus on and areas of potential growth for our programs and activities.

In 2021, in lieu of a strategic planning in person retreat, Zoom calls are being held with our Advisory Committee to discuss the new plan. The first of these took place in February. A special session was held to kick off our discussion with guest, Dr. John Meara. Original author of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and Founder and current Director of the Harvard Program for Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC), Dr. Meara spoke to his journey in global surgery and, more importantly, his vision for PGSSC, which we hope will inspire our discussions for BISC’s future priorities.

A half-day virtual Mini-Retreat was held May 2nd by Zoom to discuss the strategic goals and priorities of BISC for the next five years. Thank you to all who attended and provided valuable comments. A big thank you to Dr. Jugpal Arneja for facilitating!

We are now working on drafting a plan with 3 pillars and 5-10 goals with metrics based on discussions during retreat which will then be shared and feedback incorporated from Advisory Committee members, faculty, students and alumni, affiliated departments and external partners and stakeholders.

On May 10, 2021 BISC held its biannual Advisory Committee Meeting, gathering members of our Executive Team, Advisory Committee and Faculty virtually on Zoom.

Great discussions and ideas to enhance our educational programs for learners were shared. We are thankful for our amazing BISC Advisory Committee Members and Faculty for their commitment to enhancing our graduate programs and learning for our students.

Updates were provided on the following:

  • Strategic Planning for BISC for 2022 – 2026.
  • Bethune Round Table, to be hosted by UBC in June 2022. (Theme: Decolonizing Global Surgery).
  • Updates on current and new courses, projects and collaborations and news from our Member Departments.