11 December 2022 - 16 December 2022

2022 War Surgery Seminar: "The management of patients with war wounds"

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is organizing its 34th surgical seminar in Geneva.

About the event

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is organizing its 34th surgical seminar in Geneva.

Date: From Sunday 11 December to Friday 16 December

Place: Ecogia training centre in Versoix just outside Geneva

The main objective of the seminar is to introduce participants – surgeons and anaesthetists with little experience in treating war-wounded patients – to the practice of war surgery at the ICRC. There will be separate sessions for anaesthetists and surgeons as well as plenary sessions.

Target audience: Surgeons, anaesthetists, and emergency physicians, 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.

One full day of ballistic training and teaching on external fixation of long bones are incorporated in the course for surgeons.

The language of the seminar is English. The format is intentionally informal; discussions in previous seminars have been lively.

The cost of the seminar for non-ICRC participants is

  • CHF 1,500.00 per participant (including 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.

Application number 1: For participants that are not from the Red Cross or Red Crescent staff. [Application form in Word DOC]

Application number 2: Only for participants from the Red Cross or Red Crescent staff, including ICRC (the application has to be forwarded by the concerned National Society) [Application form in Word DOC]

Participants will be chosen on the basis of the following criteria:

  • applicant's profile
  • affiliation to the Red Cross or Red Crescent or another humanitarian organization
  • commitment to humanitarian work in war zones.

Deadline for application: 21 October 2022

Application letters, and brief curriculum vitae, should be sent by mail to:
OPS Events Management team, ICRC

Date & Time

11 December 2022 - 16 December 2022

Venue address

Ecogia training centre
14 chemin d’Ecogia
1290 Versoix / Geneva