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Call for papers - Surgeon well-being

Guest Editors

Michael El Boghdady, MBChB, MD, MCh, MHPE, PGDip, PGCAPHE, MFSTEd, FHEA, St George's University Hospitals, UK

Gaetano Gallo, MD, PhD, FASCRS, FEBS, La Sapienza University of Roma, Italy

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 26 March 2025

BMC Surgery is calling for submissions to our Collection on Surgeon well-being. This Collection seeks to gather cutting-edge research on surgeon well-being, addressing the occupational stressors, burnout, and mental health challenges faced by surgeons. We welcome submissions that explore the factors impacting surgeon well-being and strategies for promoting resilience and work engagement, with the aim of improving the overall well-being of surgical professionals.

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Health & Well-being and SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Michael El Boghdady, MBChB, MD, MCh, MHPE, PGDip, PGCAPHE, MFSTEd, FHEA, St George's University Hospitals, UK

Dr El Boghdady is a specialist registrar in general surgery in London. He was elected as the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) officer and subsequently the Director of Education for the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT), one of the biggest surgical associations in the UK representing almost 3000 surgical trainees from all ten specialties. He is the trainee representative at the Royal College of Surgeons EDI steering group. He is also passionate about surgical education, and obtained his MD degree in surgeon's errors and laparoscopic training from the University of Dundee, Scotland. He also obtained a Master’s degree in general surgery from the University of Edinburgh, a Master’s in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University, and a further one in higher education. He is a member of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Fellow of the higher education academy.

Dr El Boghdady has worked on many projects to improve the training environment and eliminate bullying, discrimination, and harassment in surgical training, as well as to provide support strategies for trainees who experienced poor behaviors. He created the ASiT anti-bullying, discrimination, and harassment guidance, and has special interests in surgical training, trainees’ wellbeing, anti-bullying, equality, and diversity in surgery.

Gaetano Gallo, MD, PhD, FASCRS, FEBS, La Sapienza University of Roma, Italy

Dr Gallo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at La Sapienza University of Roma, Italy. He has a clinical and academic interest in proctology (hemorrhoidal disease, perianal and rectovaginal fistulas, rectal prolapse), functional and pelvic floor disorders, IBD,  and microbiome and colorectal cancer. He has written more than 300 articles, including several national and international guidelines on colorectal diseases (hemorrhoidal disease, rectal prolapse, and appendicitis).

He is a member of the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) Guidelines and Cohort Studies Committees. Dr Gallo is member of several Editorial Boards, including BMC Surgery.

About the Collection

BMC Surgery is calling for submissions to our Collection, Surgeon well-being.

The well-being of surgeons is a critical yet often overlooked aspect of healthcare. Surgeons face unique occupational stressors, including high-pressure work environments, long and unpredictable working hours, and the responsibility of making life-or-death decisions for critically ill patients. This Collection aims to gather research that explores the factors impacting surgeon well-being, including burnout, work engagement, professional support, mental health, and strategies for burnout prevention and resilience.

It is important for us to continue advancing our collective understanding of surgeon well-being to address the growing concerns about burnout, stress, and mental health issues among surgeons. Recent advances in this area have highlighted the prevalence of burnout and its impact on patient safety and the overall quality of care. Additionally, research has emphasized the importance of support networks, mindfulness, and effective stress management strategies in promoting surgeon well-being.

Contributions can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  •  Occupational stress and burnout among surgeons
  • Strategies for burnout prevention and resilience
  • Impact of work conditions on surgeon well-being
  • Mental health and support networks for surgeons

This Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-being and SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

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There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Surgeon well-being" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.