About ConnectMed International

ConnectMed is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that improves access to surgical care in underserved communities, and supports sustainable healthcare through education, partnerships, telemedicine and research.

Dr. Amanda Gosman founded ConnectMed in 2010. She is a board-certified plastic surgeon, the Chief of Plastic Surgery at UCS San Diego Health and Rady Children’s Hospital. Having worked with several international medical groups in Latin America, she wanted to retain the best parts of these “medical mission” organizations but also create her own innovative model that would provide care and strengthen the infrastructure of local health care systems.

In many parts of the world, the demand for specialized care is greater than what the local health care community can meet. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery 2015 study found that 4.8 billion people, about 67% of the world’s population, are without safe, affordable, timely surgical care. Access is worse in low income and middle income countries, where 9 out of 10 people are without access to basic surgical care. Meanwhile, mortality/morbidity from conditions needing surgery, including congenital and acquired anomalies, have increased in the world’s poorest regions.

We try to address this demand for surgical care through patient care and steps that strengthen local healthcare systems and make them sustainable:

  1. bidirectional educational opportunities
  2. team care through partnerships with local healthcare providers
  3. telemedicine and other resources
  4. research on the impact of our educational and medical programs, and support of research by our global partners on capacity-building in their home communities

These steps are aligned with the World Health Organization’s mandate that high-income actors work alongside low-income partners and build resilient health systems.