Call for Proposals

Bethune Round Table 2022

June 16, 2022 - June 19, 2022


The Branch for Global Surgical Care at the University of British Columbia in collaboration with the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS), is honoured to host the Bethune Round Table on 16 - 19 June 2022 in an online format.

The theme for the 2022 conference is:

Decolonizing Global Health

The Bethune Roundtable (BRT) is an interdisciplinary meeting hosted at a Canadian academic centre to discuss challenges and solutions to improving surgical care to underserved communities. The objective of BRT is to bring together health professionals from across disciplines to share their experiences in delivering safe surgery, anesthesia and obstetric care in low-resource settings.


Dear Global Surgery community,

We are excited to launch our 2022 BRT meeting, with the theme “Decolonizing Global Surgery”.

Our abstract submission portal is now open, and will close on April 30th, 2022.

Abstract rules

Topic: Surgical, Anesthesia, and/or Obstetrics care in low-resource settings (including rural/remote/Indigenous communities)

Disciplines: All surgical disciplines will be accepted (nursing, OR technicians, midwives etc.)

Format: Max 300 words. Has to have the following headings:

  • Background
  • Study Objective(s)
  • Research Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Evaluation criteria: All abstracts will be evaluated by our reviewers following those FOUR criteria (note: not all criteria will apply to all study types)

  1. Needs assessment: A proper needs assessment taking into considerations local needs and priorities was performed
  2. Outcomes measurement: Data on locally-relevant outcomes was collected and analyzed
  3. Fair authorship: Authors from both high-resource and low-resource settings are listed on the author list, their position in the author list representative of their involvement in the project
  4. Scientific merit: Must have satisfactory study methodology (e.g well described trial or equivalent)

All abstracts will be considered for posters or podium presentations. Posters will have to be displayed on one slide and podium presentations will be given 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions.

Abstracts may be previously published, however will not be able to present their abstract at a future conference, as all accepted abstracts will be published in the Canadian Journal of Surgery (CJS).

More than one abstract per person may be submitted.

There will be cash prizes for the 3 best posters and the 3 best podium presentations.

We look forward to your submissions!

Emilie Joos, and the BRT 2022 Planning Committee


In addition to completing the fields in the abstract application, please be sure to attach your abstract as a Word document file in the Files section of the application.