Awards

Past Award Recipients

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.

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 

 

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

Publications:

The Feasibility of a Randomized Controlled Trial for Open Tibial Fractures at a Regional Hospital in 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.

 

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.

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

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)

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


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

 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

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.

 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

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