Current Anesthesiology Reports

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 25–30 | Cite as

A Philosophical Primer for Your First Global Anesthesia Experience

  • Mark J. HarrisEmail author
  • Scott R. Junkins
Global Health Anesthesia (MJ Harris, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Global Health Anesthesia


Purpose of Review

There are few publications regarding practical important philosophical considerations to international anesthesia work. Most of the literature in this realm is aimed at trainees or are logistical recommendations.

Recent Findings

Clarity of mission can provide guidance and benchmarks for managing challenging situations that may unduly influence the overall experience of a global health trip. Much of that clarity can come from authentic exchanges with your colleagues from the under-resourced region in question.


We intend to provide a framework and some core principles for organizing thoughts and interactions before, during, and after your first global anesthesia experience.


Medical mission Humanitarian mission Surgical mission Surgical trip Global surgery Global anesthesia Global health Ethics 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Mark J. Harris declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Scott R. Junkins has received compensation from the CMR Institute for assisting in curriculum development.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of Utah School of MedicineSalt Lake CityUSA

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