2017 -18 GLOBAL SURGERY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

DATE
TYPE OF EVENT
TIME
LOCATION
January 19, 2017

Interdisciplinary Global Health Lecture:

Potential Speaker TBD

12:00pm-1:30pm
MSB E609b
February 16, 2017

Interdisciplinary Global Health Lecture:

Dr. Carol Gill

12:00pm-1:30pm
MSB E609b
March 16, 2017

Interdisciplinary Global Health Lecture:

Dr. Michelle Dalla Piazza

12:00pm-1:30pm
MSB E609b
March 29, 2017
3rd Annual Global Health Nursing Symposium: Urban Structure for Global Health
8:00am-3:30pm
MSB- Grand Foyer
April 20, 2017

Interdisciplinary Global Health Lecture:

Dr. Gregory Peck

12:00pm-1:30pm
MSB E609b
 
Summer Break
   
October 18, 2017

Interdisciplinary Global Health Lecture:

Status of Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

12:00pm-1:30pm
MSB B554
October 19, 2017
International Hernia Day
 
MSB
November 2017

4th Annual Global Surgery Dinner:

TBA

TBA
TBA
March 2018

Global Health/ Global Surgery Conference:

TBA

TBA
TBA

 

 

ACTIVE PROJECTS

 

RECOVER INITIATIVE

RECOVERIn the United States disposable, sterile, single-use supplies are the norm in the operating room (OR), emergency department (ED), and intensive care unit (ICU). Before an operation starts, the back table is prepared with all of the drapes, gowns, sponges, etc needed for the case. In the ED or ICU an excess of supplies may be brought to bedside for a procedure or wound care. But what happens when the case is cancelled, plans change, or a different set of supplies is needed? Supplies opened in the OR, and thus no longer sterile, but clean and unused become trash. Likewise with materials, opened or not, that are brought to a patient’s bedside but never used.

It has been estimated that two million pounds of recoverable materials worth over $15 million are disposed of annually at the average academic medical center. These supplies end up incinerators or landfills at a significant cost to the hospital as well as the environment.

The RECOVER (Recovery of Equipment for Capacity building OVERseas) initiative involves donating, clean, intact, and unused medical supplies that would otherwise be discarded from University Hospital to those desperately seeking those supplies abroad.

Similar to the REMEDY model established in 1991 at Yale University School of Medicine, we created a program to recover and donate unused supplies from the operating room, surgical ICU, and trauma bay for use in LMICs in the setting of humanitarian surgical missions, disaster relief, and capacity building. The material is collected, sorted and packed by the volunteer RECOVER staff led by the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) Global Surgery Fellow and consisting of NJMS medical students.

In the first 6 months of the program 750kg of supplies worth approximately $6,000 were recovered for donation, saving the hospital $125 in disposal costs. The recovered materials have since been used for support of humanitarian surgical missions to Ghana and Peru by the International Surgical Health Initiative (ISHI), sent to Haiti and Ecuador for disaster relief, and sent to a partner organizations in Jordan and Jamaica to support low resource hospitals.

 

INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION PROJECT

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Telemedicine at TQMH: The Global Reach of NJMS//Global Connections//Building Partnerships

Last year, the Center for Global Surgery at NJMS was awarded a $10,000 Global Health Seed Grant by the Rutgers Global Health Institute for a new collaborative telemedicine project with Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital (TQMH) in Mampong, Ghana.

Several NJMS educators have just returned from a trip to Ghana along with the International Surgical Health Initiative (ISHI). While ISHI was busy providing much needed surgical care, a small team engaged the local family medicine residents, nurses, CRNAs, and other healthcare workers to build a platform of education. While delivering daily lectures and practical training, the team performed a needs assessment to best guide future curricula for remote education. Based on the stated need, we aim to deliver subspecialty education in emergency medicine, surgery, radiology, and anesthesia.

A satellite internet connection was installed for the first time at TQMH and teleconferencing hardware acquired for this project using local and international donations. The visiting NJMS team tested various aspects of the project including the uploading of X-ray and ultrasound images to be read by remote radiologists and used for teaching. The last few technical kinks are currently being worked out and should be up and running soon.

Once running, remote education modules and courses, scheduled real-time consultation, and collaborative projects will be initiated to facilitate knowledge exchange between NJMS and TQMH year-round. Several global heath players at Rutgers interested in Trauma and Nursing care have already reached out to us to collaborate and capitalize on this major advancement. In the future, to boost the impact of this collaboration, we plan to broadcast educational modules to the healthcare workers at the 60 district hospitals throughout Ghana in collaboration the Ghana College of Physician and Surgeons.

Special thanks to NJMS staff participating in this project.

 

ANNUAL EVENTS

 

THIRD ANNUAL GLOBAL SURGERY DINNER

Annual GS Dinner

On December 6, 2016 the ISHI NJMS club hosted their annual Global Surgery Dinner. The night included a talk on making difficult decisions while on surgical missions presented by Dr. Ernani Sadural, learning about the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCUS) in Ghana from Lucia Fabrizio RN, CPNP, and hearing from our very own global health fellow, Dr. Pete Johnston, on various initiatives happening at Rutgers in the realm of global health. Afterwards there was time for a Q&A session with each of the speakers. Overall the night was a great success. We hope to continue this yearly event in the future.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL HERNIA DAY

Hernia DayNJMS’s ISHI club presented an International Hernia Day event to raise awareness about the surgical burden of hernias in underdeveloped nations and to instruct first and second year students on their repair.

 

 

 

 

 

THIRD ANNUAL GLOBAL HEALTH NURSING SYMPOSIUM: URBAN STRUCTURE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH

Fourth AnnualThe purpose of this conference is to inspire and nurture the next generation of global health leaders. Based on the great response to last year’s event we are pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Global Heath Nursing Conference. It is sponsored by Rutgers University School of Nursing, New Jersey Trauma Center & Center for Global Surgery.

Please contact Dorsa Seimaa for more information: seimaad1@uhnj.org

 

 

 

 

MCGILL 6TH ANNUAL GLOBAL SURGERY CONFERENCE

mcgill 1The Montreal General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec will be hosting The 6th Annual Global Surgery Conference on Saturday April 29th, 2016. We are inviting NJMS students and professionals from healthcare fields to submit abstracts for poster presentation at the conference. Projects relevant to the discussion on surgical training or research partnerships, capacity building, and interdisciplinary work in the field of global surgery are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

mcgill 2For more information: http://cglobalsurgery.com/index.php/cgs-conference/call-for-abstracts

 

 

 

 

 

 

mcgill 3Current fellow Pete Johnston is listed as speaker:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/6th-annual-global-surgery-conference-tickets-32160698515

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESEARCH INITIATIVE

 

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS CLINICAL CONGRESS MEETING

acsPete Johnston, our current fellow was a presenter at ACS clinical congress on October 25, 2017 in San Diego, California.

The title of his presentations were:

- "Long term outcomes following humanitarian surgical missions: Are patients still satisfied?"

- "Supply recover and donation program: a novel initative beyond the OR"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLUBS & ELECTIVES

 

NJMS ISHI CLUB

ishi club

The NJMS ISHI Club is the student chapter of the International Surgical Health Initiative (ISHI); a humanitarian non-profit organization dedicated to providing free surgical care to underserved communities around the world. ISHI was founded by two attendings at NJMS, Dr. Ziad Sifri and Dr. Asha Bale in order to address the overwhelming need for international surgical health care. The ISHI club runs a year-long non-credit elective, providing students with an opportunity to learn more about various aspects of international health and global surgery. 

For more information visit: www.facebook.com/njmsishiclub or www.ishiglobal.org

 

 

ELECTIVES

- Fourth Year Clinical Elective: The Global Surgery Elective will be offered in collaboration with ISHI (International Surgical Heath Initiative) in several Low and Middle Income countries (LMIC) where surgical missions are organized. Each country offers a unique surgical and cultural experience for the student to experience in-person. In order to receive credit, satisfactory completion of the following three components is required: 1. Development of a scholarly project; 2. Participation in a surgical mission; 3. Provide feedbac

Surg 9100- Global Surgery http://njms.rutgers.edu/education/registrar/documents5/20152016FourthYearElectives.pdf