IGOT San Francisco SMART Course


The San Francisco SMART Course has been held annually since 2010 in San Francisco at the UCSF ZSFGH Orthopaedic Trauma Institute.  The course attracts international orthopaedic surgeons from around the world.  The course draws from distinguished facultyof the UCSF Departments of Orthopaedics, Plastics, Vascular, General, and Pediatric Surgery.  The San Francisco SMART Course is CME Certified  and is the pearl of IGOT’s Global Surgical Education Initiative.

San Francisco SMART Course

The San Francisco Surgical Management and Reconstructive Training (SMART) Course is a four-day curriculum designed to meet the needs of orthopaedic surgeons in developing countries who face significant challenges when managing extremity trauma injuries.  These surgeons have limited options for limb salvage and the focus of the course is to expose attendees to basic plastic and reconstructive surgical techniques that they can apply to avoid amputations.  The course includes didactics, expert panels on complicated pelvic, pediatric, arthroplasty, oncology, and orthopaedic cases, and hands-on surgical exposure to these procedures at the UCSF ZSFGH Orthopaedic Trauma Institute’s state of the art cadaver lab.


Who should attend?:
The San Francisco SMART Course is open to orthopaedic surgeons who practice at academic institutions in developing countries.  Registration is managed through 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 who volunteer in a humanitarian capacity with established organizations (eg. Health Volunteers Overseas, ICRC, MSF).


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 Maddy MacKechnie at: [email protected]  


What are the dates for the 2018 San Francisco SMART Course?

The dates are from September 15-20, 2018.  September 15 will be the pre-course Limb Salvage and Complex Wound Symposium.  This is an optional course for international orthopaedic surgeons.  It is aimed at regional providers in the Bay Area.


Is CME credit offered?

The University of California San Francisco School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of California San Francisco has approved CME for the course.


Is the San Francisco SMART Course free?

It is free for orthopaedic surgeons from developing countries, medical students and residents.  IGOT encourages donations from “local providers” (regional orthopaedic surgeons and practicing physicians) who may be interested in attending the Limb Salvage and Complex Wound Management course.


Where is the course held?
It is held annually in September (15-20) at the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute (OTI) located at 2550 23rd Street, Building 9. The OTI is in the brick building adjacent to the Zuckerburg San Francisco General Hospital. Signs will be posted for where to check-in.

  • Parking is available in the adjacent parking garage ($2 USD per hour, $16 USD per day). Street parking is free on Saturday and Sunday along adjacent streets but limited by the hour during weekdays.


What is the dress code?
Business casual is appropriate.  For the cadaver skills workshops, scrubs are required.  We have a limited supply so if you have scrubs, please bring them for yourself.  Dressing rooms are available.


Are there any social events and meals provided?
IGOT provides breakfast, lunch, to-go dinners and light snacks and beverages throughout the course.  IGOT also hosts a social reception at the end of the first day.


Is accommodation provided?  If I am coming from out of town where can I stay?
IGOT reserves a block rate for a local hotel and provides transportation to and from the hotel to the course.

The 2018 SF SMART Course accommodations are reserved at the Best Western Grosvenor (San Francisco Airport).  The address is: 380 S. Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94080.  The room rate is $169 (USD) plus tax per night.  Free Wi-Fi and Airport Shuttle transportation is included.  For a full list of amenities and photos please visit the Best Western Grosvenor website.

Hotel expenses will be complimentary for international attendees for the nights of the course.

Note: Any additional hotel nights will NOT be covered by IGOT.  Attendees are responsible to pay for any extra nights.

  • If you are associated with SIGN Fracture Care International, Chelsea Smith coordinates your accommodations. If would like to modify your hotel accommodations please contact Chelsea at: [email protected]
  • If you are not associated with SIGN Fracture Care International and would like to be included in the block of room reservations, please contact Madeline MacKechnie at [email protected].


Which airport should I arrive at?

Airport Information:

The closest airport is San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

  • Located ~15 minutes by car from the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute.
  • Free hotel shuttle transportation is provided from airport to the hotel.



  • For those attending the IGOT San Francisco SMART Course, you will need to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) by Saturday, September 15, 2018.
  • If you arrive before or early on Saturday and would like to attend the Limb Salvage and Complex Wound Management Symposium you are welcome to but will need to arrange your own transportation from the hotel to the course.
  • You should arrange to depart San Francisco (SFO airport) on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018.
  • If you are attending the IGOT Research Symposium: Basics and Fundamentals of Clinical Research on Thursday, September 20, 2018,  you should arrange to leave San Francisco (SFO airport) in the late afternoon/evening on September 20th.
Join Us As Faculty

Interested in joining IGOT’s faculty team? Let us know!

  • We seek globally-minded faculty who are dedicated to education and enjoying teaching at a volunteer capacity.
  • Plastic surgeons who sub-specialize in extremity limb salvage are needed to support our SMART Course modules for basic rotational flaps. Faculty teach didactic lectures and lead surgical simulation workshops in our cadaver lab.
  • The IGOT International Summit is held annually every September in San Francisco. We have expanded the program to offer an in-country SMART Course with at least one course abroad annually. For the in-country SMART Course, faculty are encouraged to volunteer at our SF Summit prior to committing to an abroad course.