Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Research and publications

A selection of research and resources developed by the RCSI/COSECSA collaboration programme and partners.

Journal articles

  • 'The Brain Drain Myth: Retention of Specialist Surgical Graduates in East, Central and Southern Africa, 1974–2013', October 2017 World Journal of Surgery 41(9980), DOI: 10.1007/s00268-017-4307-x; Avril Hutch, Abebe Bekele, Eric O'Flynn, A. Ndonga, Sean Tierney, Jane Fualal, Christopher Samkange, Krikor Erzingatsian
  • 'Building the Surgical Workforce in Sub-Saharan Africa: The RCSI/COSECSA Collaboration Programme - A Best Practice Model for Institutional Partnership', December 2016; Avril Hutch, Eric O’Flynn, Eric Borgstein
  • 'The Specialist Surgeon Workforce in East, Central and Southern Africa: A Situation Analysis', June 2016, World Journal of Surgery 40(11), DOI: 10.1007/s00268-016-3601-3, Eric O’Flynn, Judith Andrew, Avril Hutch, Caitrin Kelly, Pankaj Jani, Ignatius Kakande, Miliard Derbew, Sean Tierney, Nyengo Mkandawire, Krikor Erzingatsian
  • 'An ethical partnership model: Clinical electives in Africa', May 2016 Medical Education, Alice McGarvey, Eric O’Flynn, Sean Tierney
  • Dermot O'Flynn, Eric O’Flynn, Andualem Deneke, Prem Yohannan, Antonio Assis da Costa, Ciaran O'Boyle, Elaine Byrne (2016) Training Surgeons as Medical Educators in Africa. Journal of Surgical Education. 1931-7204.
  • 'Seth D. Goldstein, Dominic Papandria, Allison Linden, Georges Azzie, Eric Borgstein, James Forrest Calland, Samuel R. G. Finlayson, Pankaj Jani, Mary Klingensmith, Mohamed Labib, Frank Lewis, Mark A. Malangoni, Eric O’Flynn, Stephen Ogendo, Robert Riviello, Fizan Abdullah (2014) A Pilot Comparison of Standardized Online Surgical Curricula for Use in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. JAMA Surgery

Other publications


  • World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Trauma care course: The World Health Organisation (WHO) ETC course is an open access e-learning course based on the WHO ETC Tool. This course is aimed at healthcare providers who are delivering emergency and trauma care (ETC) in environments where specialist surgeons and anaesthetists are not available. This course was developed by the RCSI/COSECSA Collaboration Programme, in partnership with WHOiHeed and Global Emergency Care Skills.
  • Surgeon Workforce Map: The Surgeon Workforce Map  is an open-source project dedicated to shining a light on the global disparity in surgical access, and identifying the most pressing areas of need. It has been developed by the RCSI/COSECSA Collaboration Programme in partnership with ICES.