Welcome to the Remote Online Surgical Education (ROSE) Programme. There are 5 billion people in the world without safe access to surgery, 2 billion of them will die because of this. A dramatic and considerable shift in surgical education is needed in order to train sufficient numbers of surgeons - we believe that ROSE can help us increase efficiency in surgical education by improving standards in established educational settings while delivering education to remote areas that currently lack it.
Online education has been demonstrated to match traditional teaching methods - but it is crucial that we do not detract, or replace, the important clinical exposure students currently receive. Material must be engaging and educationally robust to provide the best opportunity for students.