The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is organizing its 31st surgical seminar in Geneva.
It will be held at Ecogia training centre from 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 10 December to 4.00 p.m. on Friday 15 December.
The main objective of the seminar is to introduce participants – surgeons, anaesthetists and registered nurses with little experience in treating war-wounded patients – to the practice of war surgery at the ICRC. There will be separate sessions for anaesthetists, surgeons, and nurses, as well as plenary sessions.
Target audience: Surgeons, anaesthetists, emergency physicians and registered nurses, who are interested in working for the ICRC in the field.
The seminar will be restricted to a total of 35 participants.
The focus of the seminar will be on these subjects: field experiences and pertinent aspects of international humanitarian law; surgical and anaesthetic techniques; and wound management and patient care in testing conditions.
The language of the seminar is English. The format is intentionally informal; discussions in previous seminars have been lively.
The cost of the seminar is
• CHF 1,250.00 per participant for the surgeons (included ballistic visit, accommodation, breakfast and lunch during the seminar)
• CHF 1,000.00 per participant for anaesthetists and nurses (included accommodation and all meals during the seminar, except for one dinner)
Participants or their sponsors are responsible for covering the expenses of travelling to and from the Ecogia training centre, meals that are not included and for any extra nights spent before and after the seminar.
Ballistic laboratory center
Surgeons will attend a demonstration of wounding mechanisms on Monday 11 December 2017 in the ballistic laboratory of the Intercantonale Polizeischule (IPH) in Hitzkirch, Canton of Lucerne. The hosts are Mr Mathieu Glardon, Msc forens., Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Universität Bern and the ICRC Surgical Coordinator.
The bus for Hitzkirch leaves from ICRC headquarters at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 10 December 2017. Participants will stay overnight in the IPH and be back in Geneva on Monday afternoon 11 December 2017.
Participants sent by their National Society do not have to pay for transport or meals but will have to pay 95 Swiss francs for accommodation at the IPH.
- Application number 1A:
For Anesthetists and nurses that are not from the Red Cross or Red Crescent staff
- Application number 1B:
For Surgeons that are not from the Red Cross or Red Crescent staff
- Application number 2A:
Only for Anesthetists and nurses from the Red Cross or Red Crescent staff (the application has to be forwarded by the National Society concerned)
- Application number 2B:
Only for Surgons from the Red Cross or Red Crescent staff (the application has to be forwarded by the National Society concerned)
Participants will be chosen on the basis of the following criteria:
- applicant's profile
- affiliation to the Red Cross or Red Crescent or other humanitarian organization
- commitment to humanitarian work in war zones.
Deadline for application: 31 August 2017
Application letters, and brief curriculum vitae, should be sent to:
Av. de la Paix 19
or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Replies will be sent to all applicants by end of September