The Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology
The Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology (IGOT) was founded in 2006 by the faculty and residents of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. IGOT's mission is to build capacity in musculoskeletal care through global partnerships. IGOT has three main pillars: Education, Research, and Leadership.
IGOT has three main pillars: Education, Research, and Leadership. Under the IGOT's education pillar, there are two main philanthropic programs: Surgical and Management Reconstructive Training (SMART) Course and Learning Portal. Every year between 20 and 50 million people are permanently disabled from road traffic injuries, and over 5 million die. That's twice the number of deaths than HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Many of these are preventable, but local surgeons in countries with limited resources where these accidents are so common to lack the training required to perform life-saving procedures. IGOT's surgeons go out into the field to educate and empower local surgeons through hands-on courses like our SMART course, resulting in sustainable impact. The SMART courses are held annually in Tanzania, Nepal, Mexico, and San Francisco, USA. The Learning Portal is an online platform for surgical education that is easily accessible, self-paced, and free to share educational resources to trainees and surgeons in LMIC. IGOT also conducts several research studies globally. The goal of IGOT's Global Research Initiative is to enable orthopaedic surgeons from low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) to conduct high-quality studies on how to reduce the burden of musculoskeletal disease in resource-poor environments. Within the research arm, IGOT sponsors a research fellowship called the Morgan and Madison McClellan International Research Fellowship, designed for 3rd/4th year medical students to conduct research studies on global orthopaedics and foster skillsets to become future leaders in the field of global orthopaedics.