10 December 2018 09:00 - 14 December 2018 17:00

32nd Surgical Seminar "The management of patients with war wounds"

About the event

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is organizing its 32nd surgical seminar in Geneva.

It will be held at Ecogia training centre from Monday 10 December to Friday 14 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 30 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.

Please note that there will be no ballistic visit this year.

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 1,000.00 per participant (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.

The War Surgery Seminar is now recognized by the SSC (Société Suisse de Chirurgie – Swiss Surgical Society).

The course is rewarded by 32 Continued Medical Education (CME) Credits. These credits will only be given to course participants who attended all lectures.
Course participants who miss any lecture will only receive a certificate of attendance.

  • Application number 1:
    For participants that are not from the Red Cross or Red Crescent staff
  • Application number 2:
    Only participants 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: 7 September 2018

Application letters, and brief curriculum vitae, should be sent by mail to:


Replies will be sent to all applicants by end of September 2018

Date & Time

10 December 2018 09:00 - 14 December 2018 17:00

Venue address

ICRC headquarters & Ecogia training centre in Geneva