From the International Department of Surgery Surgery Desk October 2010 Message from Associate Chair, Education For many years, the Department of Surgery has included among its faculty a number of individuals quietly dedicated to the pursuit of improving health care in the developing world, some on a full-time basis and others combining careers in Canada with international stints. There has also been a steady stream of residents and medical students into our Department who have demonstrated an ever-increasing presence in international activities, many of them bringing their pre-medical school experiences with them, all of which encourage and inspire us. These activities are mirrored in other Departments such as Anesthesia, Development Obstetrics/Gynecology, Medicine and Pediatrics. As such, a more Education formalized group within the Department of Surgery will facilitate Service collaborative activities in the Faculty of Health Sciences and across the Knowledge Translation University. The Department of Surgery, recognizing the incredible contributions and potential within its members, has sought to support the activities Upcoming Events surrounding International Surgery by forming the International Surgery Desk under the office of Education. This has allowed for the placement of administrative assistance and a framework for coordinating, collating, and encouraging Department October 14, 2010 at noon member activities. The Department of Surgery is intent on assisting the International Surgery Desk Pediatric Grand Rounds 4E20 in fulfilling its vision of coordinating the clinical, research and educational activities of its members Dr. Abdur-Rahman (Nigeria) and encouraging all Surgical Divisions to participate through the ISD Advisory Committee in addition to individual efforts. October 19-20, 1-9 pm We are delighted to have Dr. Brian Cameron appointed as the Director of the International Course: From EBM to OR Surgery Desk, supported by Ms. Kathy Wilson as his Administrative Assistant and Gillian Wood as editorial staff. The strong presence of the International Surgery Desk has already been felt within the Department, and is reflected by the myriad activities detailed in this newsletter. Please join me October 19, 2010 at 7 pm in congratulating Dr. Cameron. ISD Journal Club Susan Reid, MD, FRCSC, Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Education. October 25, 2010 at noon Pediatric Grand Rounds, 4E20 UBC SURG 510 by Dr. Jola Omole, PGY4 (Gen Surg) Dr. Dan Poenaru (Kenya) October 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm The 12-week curriculum was philanthropic idealism or an Global Health/ISD Seminar Access to basic health care implemented using nine modules ethical rhetoric, but a legitimate MDCL 3020 interventions has increasingly been with three assignments for international obligation and the focus of global health, but submission and review, as well as should be tenet in any essential surgical services have readings and exercises and online international health policy. not,. However, in recent years discussion. The online discussion surgery has been recognized as an was pivotal in the course as it indispensable part of global health. broadened our understanding of the Visiting scholar from Nigeria This is mainly due to the inclusion concepts in the course material and of Surgeons, Anesthesiologists and it provided a forum in which to Dr. Lukman Abdur-Rahman MPH, other global health advocates in share experiences and generate new FWACS is a Senior Lecturer and the prioritization of basic health ideas that can be implemented in Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at the care needs to address the global future endeavors. University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He will be burden of surgical disease. In completion of the course I visiting McMaster‟s Division of Indispensable to the shift in expanded my understanding of the Pediatric General Surgery for 2-3 paradigm is educating future global status of unmet surgical need months as a Visiting Scholar supported leaders in surgical care. SURG 510 and developed new perspectives on through a scholarship from the World offered by UBC Branch for the continuum of involvement in Federation of Associations of Pediatric International Surgery is an entirely international surgical care and the Surgeons. online graduate level course that is ethical issues that are inseparable Dr. Abdur-Rahman has over 35 a unique in Canada. It establishes from global surgical care. publications on a range of topics an essential foundation to the Finally, it became evident that a including trauma, Hirschsprung‟s disease and imperforate emerging discipline of international commitment to delivery of basic anus. He will be delivering Pediatric Grand Rounds on surgery to future leaders in the health care that embraces surgical Thursday October 14th at 12 noon in 4E20 as the CAPS field of international surgical care. care in low and middle socio- Visiting Professor. We welcome Dr. Abdur-Rahman to economic countries is not Hamilton. Page 2 From the International Surgery Desk Global Health Seminar: Research Monday, October 25th 2010, 4:30—7:30 pm Pemberton J, Gordon M, Prashad C, Rambaran M, Cameron B. On October 25th the courage and perseverance in Evaluating the long term impact of McMaster Office of Global the alleviation of human the Trauma Team Training Health, in partnership with suffering”. program in Guyana: A mixed Dr. Foster founded and methods approach. Canadian the International Surgery currently serves as Medical Surgery Forum. September 3, Desk will present Surgical 2010, Quebec City, Quebec. Training and Education in Director of the 46-bed Centro Africa Evangelico de Medicina do Lubango (Angola) which Note to all One of the guest speakers, Dr. Dan Poenaru, (pictured) which opened in 2006 and We welcome your is a Canadian pediatric serves an area of over one surgeon and missionary, million. experiences in Adjunct Professor of Surgery international surgery. and Pediatrics at Queen‟s The Global Health Seminar will be held in MDCL 3020. Please share your stories University and Clinical Director of BethanyKids at Please RSVP to Kijabe Hospital, Kenya. This email@example.com with us! unit is dedicated to providing the College of Surgeons of East, “healing and hope” for children with surgical Central and Southern Report from Haiti Africa and the Pan-African by Dr. Carolyn Levis (Plastic Surgeon) conditions and disabilities in Academy of Christian Surgeons Africa. BethanyKids also Also speaking at the seminar is Three weeks after the operates mobile clinics at 15 Dr. Stephen Foster, Clinical earthquake that devastated sites across Kenya, Associate Professor with Haiti, Dr. Brad Petrisor and I including refugee camps McMaster‟s Department of visited Port-au-Prince with a near the borders of Ethiopia, Surgery and 2010 recipient of group from St. Joseph's Somalia and Sudan. the Royal College Teasdale- International Outreach Dr. Poenaru is also Corti Humanitarian Award. This Program (SJIOP) led by program director of East award recognizes the efforts of a anaesthesiologist Dr. Alez Africa‟s first accredited Canadian physician which go Dauphin. We spent two fellowship training program above and beyond the norm by weeks at Hopital de La Paix in pediatric surgery, in exemplifying „altruism and providing the care that we could with the limited resources, including a lack of electricity and fresh water in In October, Dr. Levis and the first few days. Dr.Petrisor are returning to The McMaster Department of Surgery is an Institutional Of course our challenges Haiti to do surgical training, Member of the Canadian Network for International Surgery. paled compared to those with funding from the Canada- The CNIS will be conducting a two-day Essential Surgical Skills facing the Haitians. Many Haiti Academic Projects (ESS) Instructors Course in Ottawa this October (22-23). The hospital staff died or were Scholarship program co- instruction this Course provides in basic surgical techniques has severely injured therefore ordinated by the International proven invaluable to many medical practitioners, including many wards did not have Surgery Desk and McMaster medical students, working in low-income countries. nurses and there was no Office of Global Health. Further information on the Course as well as the latest functioning radiology newsletter can be found at www.cnis.ca. equipment. 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