Abstract Submission

Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts is now open for the 2020 Bethune Round Table.

The Bethune Round Table is a multidisciplinary meeting that aims to address the challenges and strategies of providing accessible, high-quality surgical care to vulnerable populations around the world. This conference encourages dialogue on global surgery from perspectives across diverse disciplines, including surgery, anesthesia, obstetrics, gynecology, as well as nursing and allied health. This year’s conference will see representation from Canada and our partner institutions in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

The theme of the 20th Bethune Round Table will be on Indigenous Peoples and Global Surgery. We wish to highlight the research and stories about strength and resilience, promotion of culture that are critical to improving in access to safe equitable surgical services The Bethune will feature research that recognizes cultural differences and the impacts of racism. We want to celebrate and highlight initiatives that improve survival, dignity and health of the Indigenous peoples of the world through better surgical care.

This event is organized by the Winnipeg Global Surgery Office at the University of Manitoba. The Winnipeg Global Surgery Office aims to facilitate partnerships, academic exchanges, and capacity-building initiatives to improve surgical access for under-serviced populations around the world. The 2020 Bethune Round Table will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada May from May 28 – 31, 2020.

Please follow the link at the bottom of the page to submit your abstract.

Scholarships for Selected Abstracts

If your abstract is selected, scholarships to fund the travel costs to the meeting are available for selected clinicians practising in low-and-middle-income countries.


February 26, 2020: Deadline for submission. Please submit by this deadline if assistance, especially with visa procurement or travel funding, will be required.

Abstract Submission Form

All proposals were evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance or applicability to the 2020 theme (note abstracts not directly related will also be accepted)
  • Relevance to Global Surgery
  • Originality
  • Scientific rigour (design, evidence, impact)

All proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Ethical considerations (submissions on work undertaken in a low- or middle-income country must include local authorship)
  • Word Count limit is 300 words or less excluding title and authors.
  • Two uploaded images are allowed. Only PNG, TIFF, JPG.
  • Abstracts must be submitted with 4 components: introduction and objectives, methods, results, and conclusions.
  • Financial funding from commercial entities that have an interest in the research must be listed in the disclosure portion of the submission (in the Author section).
  • Oral and Poster presentation types will be offered. Your presentation will be given every consideration; however, the final determination will be made by the Program Committee.
  • No reference should be made in the abstract to the names or institutions of the authors.
  • Disclosures for ALL authors/co-authors is required within the submission form as well as their institutions, city, province, country, etc.
  • CV Uploads are required for the Presenting Author Only. (not necessary)
  • Announcements of accepted and rejected submissions is planned for late February 2020
  • Financial aid is available to qualified attendees

Applications can be submitted HERE. Please note below:

  • BRT only accepts electronic abstract submissions via creating an account from the link above.
  • Content should not be presented at another national meeting prior to the BRT Meeting nor be published prior to the abstract submission deadline.