PakSurg: The first trainee-lead model for multicenter surgical research collaboration in Pakistan

Usama Waqar, Shaheer Ahmed, Ronika Devi Ukrani, Maheen Mansoor, Sadaf Khan, Syed Ather Enam

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We describe creation and piloting of the PakSurg Collaborative, devised via integration of existing traineeled collaborative models in the United Kingdom with the resource-limited surgical care in Pakistan. This is the first trainee-lead surgical research collaborative in Pakistan, established by the student-lead Surgery Interest Group from the Aga Khan University. The project involved creation of a model that included a steering committee comprising of five teams which worked in conjunction with collaborators from multiple hospitals. To facilitate this collaboration, a comprehensive and cost-efficient study management pathway was developed. The PakSurg Collaborative has the potential to deliver methodologically robust, high-quality, multicenter surgical evidence from Pakistan. This nationally representative data could inform evidence-based surgical guidelines, potentially translating into improved outcomes for patients undergoing surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S130-S133
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Collaborative research
  • Multicenter studies
  • Research
  • Surgery


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