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Limb Salvage and Complex Wound Management Symposium

The Limb Salvage & Complex Wound Symposium is a pre-course to the San Francisco SMART Course.  The goal of this program is to increase physician and resident competence in new and evolving wound care and limb salvage concepts through didactic lectures, case presentations, and hands-on practice with the latest products guided by experienced faculty.  At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should have an improved understanding of the multi-disciplinary approach to limb salvage and applications for new technology related to complex wound care.

It is open to: regional providers and trainees across orthopaedic, plastic, vascular and podiatric surgery, wound care nurses, and prosthetists who manage those at-risk or with limb loss in their practice. Past symposiums have had approximately 40 residents and 40 regional providers in the departments of orthopaedic surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, podiatry, orthotics and prosthetics from UCSF, St. Mary’s, Stanford, UC Davis.



At the conclusion of this educational activity participants should be able to:

  • Review limb salvage principles.
  • Improve skills and assess advancements in surgical techniques through hands-on plating, external fixation, and limb salvage methodology.
  • Apply technological advancements that can be brought readily to the clinical setting of complex wound management including osteobiologics and in advanced wound therapy.

San Francisco Surgical Management and Reconstructive Training (SMART) Course

The San Francisco SMART Course has been held annually since 2010 in San Francisco at the UCSF ZSFGH Orthopaedic Trauma Institute.  It attracts international orthopaedic surgeons from across the world.  Faculty include experts in plastic reconstructive surgery, orthopaedics, vascular, podiatry, and clinical research from UCSF and USC.  The course is FREE for residents and international attendees and is the pearl of IGOT’s Global Surgical Education Initiative.


Who should attend?
It is open to orthopaedic surgeons who practice at academic institutions in developing countries.
Registration is managed thru IGOT’s partners at SIGN Fracture Care International.  IGOT accepts limited additional registration for:

  • Orthopaedic surgeons not associated with SIGN Fracture Care International from academic institutions in developing countries.
  • Surgeons, residents and medical students who are interested in building local capacity to answer relevant, impactful clinical questions.

If you are associated with SIGN Fracture Care International, contact Chelsea Smith at: [email protected] 
If you would like to be considered for limited additional registration, contact Madeline MacKechnie at: [email protected] 

International Research Symposium

A half-day symposium on the basics and fundamentals of conducting clinical research in resource depleted settings.  Attendees will include orthopaedic surgeons from developing countries whom are interested in developing a clinical research program.  The breakout workshops are intended to be hands-on and interactive, walking through the concepts reviewed during the didactic lectures in small regional groups.  This is an optional course.

Global Scholars Program


IGOT, in collaboration with the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute offers one-month observership opportunities for global leaders in orthopaedics. The Global Scholars Program offers a unique experience for those interested to work along side our colleagues at the Zuckerburg San Francisco General Hospital, the only Level I Trauma Center in the San Francisco, Bay Area.  IGOT has supported over 60 scholars, representing over 20 countries since 2006.  Click to learn more about the program and how to apply.

The Morgan & Madison McClellan

International Research Fellowship


Thanks to the generous support of Dr. Trigg McClellan, IGOT offers a one-year Research Fellowship for third and fourth year medical students interested in orthopaedic surgery and global health.  The Morgan and Madison McClellan International Research Fellowship is a unique opportunity for a future global health leader to work alongside IGOT’s colleagues and partners to help answer local, relevant and impactful clinical questions.  Learn more about the program and how to apply below.


Bay Area Global Health
Film Festival


The Bay Area Global Health Film Festival is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness around critical global health issues. Combining film, panel discussions, and community engagement, IGOT unites Bay Area community organizations to inspire advocacy.