International

CURRENT PROJECTS

ETHIOPIA 

Since initial needs assessments and consultations, BISC teams have continued returning to Gondar University Hospital in Ethiopia for Primary Trauma Care (PTC) courses and for continued monitoring and evaluation. Our team returned recently to lead the fourth PTC course, and for the first time now with surgical officers and general practitioners from primary and district hospitals in attendance; the team also delivered for the first time a case-based nursing trauma course.

Project leaders: Naisan Garraway, Monique McLaughlin

Dr. Naisan Garraway completed medical school after joining the Canadian Armed Forces. He served as the Canadian Military Senior Medical Advisor with NATO in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2001 he began a General Surgical residency at UBC in Vancouver. Dr. Garraway completed a one year trauma and two year critical care fellowship also at UBC. He has served 4 tours of duty in Afghanistan at the military hospital in Kandahar and is currently the Medical Director for the Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre (West). Dr. Garraway is also the Medical Director of the Trauma Program and a General/Trauma Surgeon and ICU Physician on staff at Vancouver General Hospital.

 

 

Monique McLaughlin is an Emergency Nurse Practitioner at Vancouver General Hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

Team: Richard Simons, , Annie Lalande, Kristin DeGirolamo

           

Presentation - UBC Department of Surgery Chung Research Day 2019 - Reflecting on 5 years of Primary Trauma Care course experiences in Gondar, Ethiopia.

 

Funding for this project has been generously provided by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).  We are deeply appreciative of their ongoing support.

 

The Spine Deformity Program began in 2015 when its needs assessment reflected the absence of native surgeons providing advanced spinal surgery locally within Ethiopia’s public health system, with no Ethiopian surgeons providing deformity correction surgery for adults or children and no national or local programs in existence for detection of spinal deformity. With financial support from the American Jewish Joint distribution Committee (JDC), many Ethiopian patients travel to the Foundation of Orthopedic and Complex Spine (FOCOS) in Ghana to have surgery; Dr. Rick Hodes, working for the JDC also assesses many spine patients in Ethiopia. However, the number of patients with severe deformity requiring surgery greatly outnumbers existing support.

For a sustainable Ethiopian Spine Deformity Program, fundamental components include: (i) Full delivery of care by local Ethiopian professionals – requiring investment in education and mentorship; (ii) Support of the Ethiopian Ministry by the Branch and the JDC for delivery of national priorities and the program; (iii) Engagement with and leadership from local academic groups (Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Departments). Currently the program is growing with development of a Clinical Assessment tool and cell-phone based ‘deformity recognition’ screening tool; mentoring and training opportunities for bilateral clinical exchanges between UBC and Ethiopian trainees; continued relations with both Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Departments at Black Lion hospital; and collaboration enhancement between existing local expertise and the JDC-run spine program.

Project leaders: Chris Reilly, John Street

Dr. Chris Reilly is the Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at BC Children's Hospital and Head of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. He is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the management of paediatric trauma and spinal deformity. He is also the orthopaedic consultant to the Neuromuscular Clinic. His current research interests include functional and surgical outcomes surrounding pediatric trauma, spinal deformities, neuromuscular conditions and athletic knee injuries.

 

 

 

Dr. John Street is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Orthopedics at UBC, in addition to being co-Medical Director of the Complex Spine Program at VGH, Clinical Lead for the Integrated Ambulatory Spine Program and coordinator of the undergraduate and postgraduate education programs. His clinical practice involves the surgical and non-surgical management of adult patients with spinal disorders, across the entire breadth of degenerative and traumatic conditions of the spine.

 

 

 

Funding for this project has been generously provided by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).  We are deeply appreciative of their ongoing support.

 

SOUTH SUDAN

There is a shortage a surgical providers in Sub-Saharan Africa, and especially in countries that do not provide access to formal surgical training programs, such as South Sudan. One of the potential solutions to this shortage of providers is training and validating non-surgeon physicians (NSP) to perform surgical procedures, which is called task-shifting or task-sharing. In 2019, a partnership between MSF Operational Center Paris (OCP) and UBC-BISC was formalized to create a surgical task-sharing curriculum, in order to help build capacity in MSF-surgical projects in South Sudan (MOU currently under review by UBC legal department). A team of UBC affiliated professors designed an Essential Surgical Skills (ESS) curriculum, targeted for implementation in Aweil, South Sudan. Experienced specialists were chosen for designing each module, based on their expertise in their field as well as global surgery experience.

In May 2019, an MSF surgeon-trainer was deployed to Aweil, on a one-year contract, to support the ESS training program. In June 2019, three clinical officers working at Aweil hospital were recruited to the ESS training program, based on their medical knowledge (successful completion of pre-test) and motivation to pursue further surgical training. The training officially began July 1st 2019. Dr. Joos will be going to Aweil in March 2020 to supervise and support the training program.

 

Project leader: Dr. Emilie Joos

Dr. Emilie Joos is a practicing general surgeon and trauma surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. At the completion of her surgical critical care training, she was appointed as a clinical instructor in trauma at University of Southern California. Dr. Joos participated in a volunteer mission to Haiti with the Medishare project, where she taught basic trauma care to local healthcare providers.

Dr. Joos completed a Masters in Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2019. She has been working with Médecins Sans Frontières since 2015 and was deployed several times in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2017 she completed her Emergency Response Unit training with the Canadian Red Cross and is now on the roster for deployment. Dr. Joos is the Associate Director of the UBC Branch for International Surgical Care and the Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship program director, instructor for the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma, and Advanced Trauma Life Support course director.

 

INDIA

Across the globe, many women suffer from stigma associated with disfiguration, socially excluding injuries, and trauma often inflicted on them for reasons due to their ethnicity, social traditions or typical environmental conditions surrounding them. Reconstructing Women International program is aimed to treat patients in their local communities by international women plastic surgeons through the use of local medical facilities. This is done through the collaboration of local medical professionals, national plastic surgical societies, or other existing specific plastic surgery bodies.

Project leader: Nancy Van Laeken

Dr. Nancy Van Laeken is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UBC. She is an active Plastic Surgery staff member at many lower mainland hospitals, to include PHC, LGH, VA and BCCH.  She also travels to Bella Bella and Bella Coola in remote BC twice a year to treat patients.  Dr. Van Laeken has been participating in humanitarian work overseas (India, Africa and Bangladesh), for the past 7 years, with the organization Reconstructing Women International and she visited the Phillipines in 2011 with Health for Humanity.

 

 

 

    

Support continued expansion of our partnership with Reconstructing Women International and our shared vision of realizing surgical care access across the globe. Help local medical facilities and international women plastic surgeons collaborate to deliver treatment together. Have a profound impact on women suffering from injuries and trauma often inflicted on them as a result of their ethnic background, social traditions, or environmental conditions.

We are pleased to be partnering with the Reconstructing Women International Organization through the continued dedication of our advisory committee member Dr. Nancy VanLaeken.

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COLLABORATIONS

BISC works with our partners in various other global surgical care initiatives which expand our capacity to lead, partner, educate, and serve to realize safe surgical care for all.

Developed to help engineers understand and appreciate the needs and uses of technology in health care, the Engineers in Scrubs program helps biomedical engineers learn to navigate the interfaces among engineering research, medical research, clinical practice and product development.  Students receive a significant portion of their training in hospital settings, and the program focuses on the medical technology innovation process.

Past projects include:

Portable Video Goggles for the Assessment of Dizzy Patients

Thermal Cautery for Low-Resource Settings

Tourniquets for Low-Resource Hospitals

Colostomy Bag for Low-Resource Settings

Keratoconus Diagnosis Tool for Low-Resource Settings

Orthopaedic Traction Device for the Developing World

Phonation Device for Low-Resource Settings

Pavlik Haness/ Harness for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip 

 OR Suction for Low and Middle income Countries 

 

 

 

The BISC participated in the 2012 and 2017 Bring Back Hope Galas launched by Mr. Gary Segal, highly successful fundraisers that generated funds to provide for further spinal deformity surgeries and to address the high incidence of severe scoliosis in Ethiopia. The event is dedicated to the work of Dr. Rick Hodes, an American Internal Medicine specialist who for 27 years has served as the Medical Director for Ethiopia for the Joint Distribution Committee to treat patients suffering from spine disease. Since the inaugural event in 2012, the Branch has partnered with Dr. Hodes, providing opportunities for research collaboration and contributing to the sustainability of his work through training, education, and development of global health leaders.

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

PAST PROJECTS

CANADA

A research team of junior and senior residents of the UBC Postgraduate Program in General Surgery and staff at Vancouver General Hospital Trauma and Emergency General Surgery have been undertaking a systematic review to comprehensively quantify collaboration in global surgery initiatives (GSIs) between North American and low/middle-income countries since 2000. A total of 3299 published articles on GSIs have been reviewed and included GSIs descriptively analyzed based on publication demographics, surgical subspecialty involvement, and partnership descriptions. An expert consensus has developed a novel model for sustainability criteria of GSIs based on six pillars: multidisciplinary collaboration, bilateral authorship, effective training, broad community engagement, funding/resources, and outcomes reporting. We have identified 134 unique GSIs and counting with ongoing descriptive analysis of collaborations and sustainability criteria met by GSIs. Results have been presented at the CAGS Canadian Surgery Forum 2017 and UBC Chung Research Day 2017 and 2019.

Project leaders: Morad Hameed and Emilie Joos

Team: Nicole Jedrzejko, Joseph Margolick, Morad Hameed, Emilie Joos

Dr. Morad Hameed is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Head of the Division of General Surgery at UBC. He is a trauma surgeon and intensivist at the Vancouver General Hospital. He also serves as the Chief of the Divisions of General Surgery, Vancouver Acute and University of British Columbia. Dr. Hameed is past President of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons.  His clinical and research interests are in trauma and acute care surgery, with a focus on trauma systems, social determinants of health and health information technology.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Emilie Joos is a practicing general surgeon and trauma surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. At the completion of her surgical critical care training, she was appointed as a clinical instructor in trauma at University of Southern California. Dr. Joos participated in a volunteer mission to Haiti with the Medishare project, where she taught basic trauma care to local healthcare providers. She is an instructor for the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma and an Advanced Trauma Life Support course director.

 

 

 

 

INDONESIA

Collaborations between UBC, Vancouver General Hospital, Ministry of Health in Indonesia and the National Brain Center (PON) have been fostered at the request from the Foundation for International Education for Neurological Surgery (FIENS) for assistance with Institutional Specialty Expertise development. The institute located in Jakarta is a national resource known as being one of the top national centers in Indonesia. It strives to meet international standards and to provide the highest quality of care for Indonesia. On a national scale, development of skills and expertise will greatly impact the scope and quality of care for neurological conditions. The Clinical components include Neurology, Neurosurgery, Critical Care, Anesthesiology and Physiatry.

Project leaders: Brian Toyota, David Fairholm

Dr. Brian Toyota is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neurosurgery at UBC. He is currently staffed at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and the BC Cancer Agency. He was the Residency Program Director, Co-Chair of the BCCA/Vancouver Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program, Provincial Chair of Neuro-oncology for the BCCA, and President of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society. He is currently the project leader for the collaboration between UBC and the National Brain Center (PON) in assisting with  Institutional Specialty Expertise development in Indonesia.

 

 

 

Dr. David Fairholm is a Neurosurgeon and a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia. Internationally, he has been influential in establishing a broad range of clinical education programs and reform initiatives in Taiwan and in Indonesia. Currently, Dr. Fairholm is Executive Dean at Pelita Harapan University where he is providing advisory services in clinical education reform and administration. He is a member of the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery and held the position of Secretary to the Board for eight years.

 

 

MEXICO

In 2015, BISC Faculty conducted preliminary environmental scans in Mexico City. Another BISC team later conducted a trauma needs assessment and consultation there prior to the initial bilateral exchange in Mexico City with the Canadian Collaborative Center of Excellence for Global Humanitarian Surgical Care in 2017. The CCCEGHSC) was created in 2015, and is made of the three following partners: The Canadian Red Cross (CRC), McGill Centre for Global Surgery, and UBC's Branch for International Surgical Care.

The Canadian/Mexican General Surgery residents participate in a clinical exchange in Mexico City/Vancouver, at the Mexican Red Cross Hospital Polanco/Vancouver General Hospital. Under the direction and reporting to the Chief of Surgery, residents will complete 1-2 month clinical rotations at Hospital Polanco, a Mexican Red Cross Hospital and designated Red Cross trauma hospital for the region. Hospital Polanco provides humanitarian surgical care, as they accept and treat patients who do not have alternative health coverage.

 

 

  • The clinical exchange program promotes an understanding of global surgery, enhances surgical skills and trauma system knowledge, and uses data to improve health access, outcomes, and knowledge.
  • Residents can also participate in a non-clinical exchange to complete a research, performance, or other skill-related exchange with clear objectives that ensure fulfillment of a mutually agreed upon need and focus of the Mexican Red Cross.
  • The non-clinical exchange program for Canadian trainees to Mexico improves access and quality of surgical care and the rigor of research methods applied in Hospital Polanco.
  • Eligibility: enrolled in a General Surgery residency, R3 or above, with basic Spanish comprehension and an interest in global surgery. Preference will be given to residents who combine the exchange with their research year. Interested applicants from UBC can apply for Branch Research Awards.
  • Applications are considered year-round. Contact us (surgery.international@ubc.ca) for more information or for details on the application package requirements.

Project leaders: Ross Brown, Emilie Joos 

 

Dr. Ross Brown is a Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, UBC, and is a practicing general surgeon and trauma surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. He is also an Associate Medical Director of the Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre (West). He has completed two tours in Bosnia and three in Afghanistan. In 2010, Dr. Brown was seconded to the Vancouver Olympic Committee to support the Olympic and Paralympic Games, managing the Whistler Polyclinic, which included the Mobile Medical Unit.

 

 

 

Dr. Emilie Joos is a practicing general surgeon and trauma surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. At the completion of her surgical critical care training, she was appointed as a clinical instructor in trauma at University of Southern California. Dr. Joos participated in a volunteer mission to Haiti with the Medishare project, where she taught basic trauma care to local healthcare providers. She is an instructor for the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma and an Advanced Trauma Life Support course director.

 

ETHIOPIA

The Urology Project kicked off with a needs assessment and consultation at Gondar University Hospital (GUH) in December 2013. To address the high burden of urologic cases and shortage of surgeons with additional training in Urology, Ethiopia and Branch teams have recruited an additional surgeon to sub-specialize in Urology. The proposed clinical Urology program included introduction of endoscopic skills, acquisition of a functioning CT scan, and development of a Stone Centre at the new, renovated GUH facilities. Also proposed were undergraduate and postgraduate training programs to institute formal urologic training curriculum, including tele-education and bilateral exchange training opportunities.

Project leader: Mark Nigro

Mark Nigro is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Urologic Sciences at UBC. He is also a Principal Investigator at ICORD, the Director of the Provincial Organ Retrieval Program, Surgical Director of Renal Transplant at the Vancouver General Hospital, and Co-Director of the Vancouver Ejaculatory Dysfunction Clinic. His research interests include infertility and urologic prosthetics with focus on adult urologic cases and special interest in organ transplantation. Dr. Nigro works with many hospitals as a member of the Consultant Staff at the Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia, St. Paul’s Hospital, GF Strong Centre, and Pearson Hospital.

 

 

RESEARCH AWARDS

From 2009 – 2017 BISC offered Research Awards to residents from our member departments, as well as nursing students and engineers. BISC does not currently offer funding for Research Awards.

Funding for our research awards was generously provided by the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and Medtronic. We are deeply appreciative of their past support.

Congratulations to past winners of our research awards! The Branch is excited to see the continued global scope of research projects that residents pursued.

Past award recipients

Vanessa Fawcett, General Surgery

Towards Comprehensive Injury Surveillance in Africa: the Cape Town Trauma Registry

Field Mission: January 2009 – South Africa (Cape Town)

Publications:

Intentional injury and violence in Cape Town, South Africa: an epidemiological analysis of trauma admissions data.

Trauma Surveillance in Cape Town, South Africa: An Analysis of 9236 Consecutive Trauma Center Admissions.

Collecting injury surveillance data in low- and middle-income countries: the Cape Town Trauma Registry pilot.

 

Sonia Yeung, Ophthalmology

Corneal Transplantation in India: Indications, Outcomes, and Impact on Eye Banking

Field Mission: July 2009 – India

 

 

 

Paul Mick, Otolaryngology

Identifying Barriers to the Effective Treatment of Chronic Middle Ear Disease in Uganda

Field Mission: October 2009 – Uganda

Jacqueline Hudson, Anesthesiology

Development and Evaluation of a Wireless Pulse Oximeter on a Cell Phone (iPleth) for Safe Perioperative Care in Uganda

Field Mission: August 2010 – Uganda

Publications:

Usability testing of a prototype Phone Oximeter with healthcare providers in high- and low-medical resource environments.

 

Monica Langer, Pediatric General Surgery

Coaching Surgical Trainees in Africa: a feasibility study using video replay to maximize short-term training opportunities

Field Mission: August 2010 – Uganda

Publications:

Pediatric surgical camps as one model of global surgical partnership: a way forward.

Gastroschisis in Uganda: Opportunities for improved survival.

Pediatric surgery as an essential component of global child health.

The Global Paediatric Surgery Network: A Model of Subspecialty Collaboration within Global Surgery.

Outcomes and unmet need for neonatal surgery in a resource-limited environment: estimates of global health disparities from Kampala, Uganda. 

 

Danielle MacNeil, Otolaryngology

Identifying the Barriers to the Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Cancer in Uganda

Field Mission: October 2010 – Uganda

 

 

 

Zaheer Kanji, General Surgery

The Status of Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: a Systematic Review of the Literature and the Development of Future Strategies for Surveillance

Field Mission: December 2010 – South Africa (Cape Town)

 

Flora Teng, Obstetrics and Gynecology

The ASPIRE Project: Advances in Screening and Prevention in Reproductive Cancers

Field Mission: March 2012 – Uganda (Kisenyi)

Publications:

Determinants of quality of life in ovarian cancer survivors: a pilot study.

Understanding the role of embarrassment in gynaecological screening: a qualitative study from the ASPIRE cervical cancer screening project in Uganda.

 

Gareth Eeson, General Surgery

Prevalence and Risk Factors of Fungal Colonization and Infection in Burn Patients at Mulago Hospital, Kampala

Field Mission: September 2011 – Uganda (Kampala)

Publications:

Costs and cost-effectiveness of pediatric inguinal hernia repair in Uganda.

Pediatric surgical camps as one model of global surgical partnership: a way forward.

 

Lise Leveille, Orthopaedic

Medical devices for diagnosis and management of orthopaedic trauma: a needs assessment study of orthopaedic services in Uganda

Field Mission: September 2011 – Uganda (Kampala)

 

 

Anali Dadgostar, Otolaryngology 

Mental Practice in Surgical education: A Pilot Study using an Otologic Surgery Model in Uganda

Field Mission: October 2011 – Uganda

 

Eiman Zargaran, General Surgery

Distribution and determinants of injury in Cape Town, South Africa: A prospective cohort study using an injury surveillance tool

Field Mission: January 2012 – South Africa (Cape Town)

Publications:

Injury Severity Score coding: Data analyst v. emerging m-health technology.

An Objective Assessment of the Surgical Trainee in an Urban Trauma Unit in South Africa: A Pilot Study.

Mobile health technology transforms injury severity scoring in South Africa.

A global agenda for electronic injury surveillance: Consensus statement from the Trauma Association of Canada, the Trauma Society of South Africa, and the Panamerican Trauma Society.

Trauma Surveillance in Cape Town, South Africa: An Analysis of 9236 Consecutive Trauma Center Admissions.

The electronic Trauma Health Record: design and usability of a novel tablet-based tool for trauma care and injury surveillance in low resource settings.

 

Kristelle Chueng, Otolaryngology

Endemic Thyroid Goiters in the Rural Philippines: Prognostic Indicators for Improvement in Health-Related Quality of Life Post-Thyroidectomy

Field Mission: February 2012 – Philippines

 

 

Sean McLean, Anesthesiology

A Mobile Diagnostic and Advisory Device for Management of Children with Sepsis in Developing Countries

Field Mission: March 2012 – Uganda

Publications

Pediatric surgical camps as one model of global surgical partnership: a way forward.

 

Florin Gheorghe, Mechanical Engineering

Participatory Design for Surgical Innovation in the Developing World

Field Mission: October 2012

Publications:

Development of a Unifying Target and Consensus Indicators for Global Surgical Systems Strengthening: Proposed by the Global Alliance for Surgery, Obstetric, Trauma, and Anaesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance).

 

Sheona Mitchell, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Determining an optimal cervical cancer screening paradigm in a low-resource setting: A community-based randomized controlled trial comparing self-collected HPV testing with visual inspection and acetic acid (VIA) screening in Kampala, Uganda

Field Mission: November 2012 – Uganda

Publications:

Cost-effectiveness of cervical cancer screening methods in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review.

Self-collection based HPV testing for cervical cancer screening among women living with HIV in Uganda: a descriptive analysis of knowledge, intentions to screen and factors associated with HPV positivity.

Strategies for Community Education Prior to Clinical Trial Recruitment for a Cervical Cancer Screening Intervention in Uganda.

Uptake of community-based, self-collected HPV testing vs. visual inspection with acetic acid for cervical cancer screening in Kampala, Uganda: preliminary results of a randomised controlled trial.

Understanding the role of embarrassment in gynaecological screening: a qualitative study from the ASPIRE cervical cancer screening project in Uganda.

Factors associated with high-risk HPV positivity in a low-resource setting in sub-Saharan Africa.

Results of a community-based cervical cancer screening pilot project using human papillomavirus self-sampling in Kampala, Uganda.

Assessing women's willingness to collect their own cervical samples for HPV testing as part of the ASPIRE cervical cancer screening project in Uganda.

Kimberly Luu, Otolaryngology

Validity Testing a Lo-Fidelity Simulator for Ear Surgery in a Low-Resource Setting

Field Mission: January 2016 – Uganda

Presentations:

Assessing the impact of a longitudinal collaboration on a developing residency program in low resource setting. Presented at WB & MH Chung Lectureship and Research Day, October 2017.

Publications:

Evaluation of a low-fidelity ear surgery simulator in a low-resource setting.

 

David Stockton, Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical outcomes for open tibial shaft fractures: A prospective randomized trial comparing external fixation to unreamed intramedullary nailing in Uganda

Field Mission: September 2016 – Uganda

Presentations:

Research in a developing country: Opportunities and obstacles. Presented at the UBC General Surgery Grand Rounds, March 2018.

Report on global surgery from Canadian academic orthopaedic programs. Presented at the Canadian Orthopaedic Association 2017 Annual meeting in Ottawa.

A resident’s perspective of the USTOP experience: Challenges and new directions. Presented at the Canadian Orthopaedic Association 2016 Annual meeting in Quebec City.

Oleksandr Butskiy, Otolaryngology

Development of a centre-specific head and neck microvascular surgery clinical care pathway in Mongolia

Field Mission: September 2017 – Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar)

 

 

Heather Armstrong, PGY3 Obstetrics and Gynecology

Assessing the impact of cervical cancer mortality on communities and children in Uganda

Field Mission: July 2017 – Uganda (Kampala)

 

 

Joseph Margolick, General Surgery

Implementation of a bilateral, sustainable clinical exchange between UBC and HCC Polanco.

Field Mission: August 2017 – Mexico

Publications/Presentations:

The foundations of a bilateral academic exchange between a high- and a middle-income country ‐ the UBC‐HCC Polanco partnership. Presented at WB & MH Chung Lectureship and Research Day, October 2017.

An Analysis of Collaboration and Sustainability in Global Surgery. Presented at UBC Residents’ Research Day, May 2017.

Procedural skills training for Canadian medical students participating in international electives 

 

PROJECT TRAVEL AWARDS

From 2012 – 2017 BISC offered travel awards for students to collaborate with BISC Faculty and Advisory Committee members in their global projects. By covering travel-related costs, these awards provided students the opportunity to participate actively while understanding the burden of unmet surgical care in developing countries. Funding for our project travel awards was generously provided by the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and Medtronic. We are deeply appreciative of their past support. BISC does not currently offer funding for Project Travel Awards.

Congratulations to past winners of our Project Travel Awards!

Past award recipients

Dan Jenkin, General Surgery

An Evaluation of Surgical Care in the North Gondar Zone of Ethiopia: Documenting Delivery, Evaluating Essential Surgical Skills Courses as Training Tools, and Identifying Barriers to Surgical Care

Field mission: September 2011 – Ethiopia

Publications:

General Surgery 2.0: the emergence of acute care surgery in Canada 

 Mohammed Alemu Ibrahim, General Surgery

Bilateral Learning Exchange: Leadership training in specialty trauma care to establish a formal trauma care system at Gondar University Hospital in Gondar, Ethiopia

Field Mission: May 2014 – Canada

Kristin DeGirolamo, General Surgery

Distribution and determinants of injury in Gondar, Ethiopia: A prospective cohort study using an injury surveillance tool.

Field Mission: June 2017 – Ethiopia

 

 

Annie Lalande, General Surgery

Distribution and determinants of injury in Gondar, Ethiopia: A prospective cohort study using an injury surveillance tool.

Field Mission: June 2017 – Ethiopia

Publications/Presentations:

An iPad-based data acquisition for core trauma registry data in 6 Tanzanian hospitals: 1 year and 13,462 patients later. (Abstract)

A retrospective evaluation of the effect of the Trauma Team Training program in Tanzania

The Establishment of a Trauma Registry in Gondar, Ethiopia. Presented at WB & MH Chung Lectureship and Research Day, October 2017.

The Establishment of a Trauma Registry in Gondar, Ethiopia. Presented at COSECSA by Dessie Yirdaw, December 2017.

Developing a Surgical Partnership in Gondar, Ethiopia. Presented at Trauma Rounds at VGH, March 2018.

Reflecting on 5 years of Primary Trauma Care course experiences in Gondar, Ethiopia.. Presented at UBC Department of Surgery Chung Research Day, November 2019.

Dessie Yirdaw, General Surgery 

Distribution and determinants of injury in Gondar, Ethiopia: A prospective cohort study using an injury surveillance tool.

Field Mission: December 2017 - Mozambique

Publications/Presentations:

The Establishment of a Trauma Registry in Gondar, Ethiopia. Presented at COSECSA Conference, December 2017.

 Harpreet Pangli

Reconstructing Women International field deployment.

Field Mission: February 2018 – India

 

 

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Rupinder Khotar, AORN, Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC)

Reconstructing Women International field deployment.

Field Mission: February 2018 – India

 

 

Nicole Jedrzejko, BHSc, MD

Systemic Review of Global Surgery Initiatives (GSIs) between North American and low/middle-income countries since 2000.

Field Mission: May 2018 – Canada