of surgical care in a particular region or country and has the energy
and connections needed to get the project started.
•Develop a sustained group of candidates once the program has been
formed, as identified by surgeons in the country of origin.
•Promote the program through media outlets in the trainee’s country of origin.
UM continues to reach out to other countries to help them
establish sustainable trauma systems. For example, UM has reached
out to Palestine and has trained one fellow from Jordan and one
from Saudi Arabia. At press time, the university also is in discussions with the United Arab Emirates to determine the feasibility
of developing a trauma training partnership.
In November 2016, Marc De Moya, MD, FACS, director, surgical clerkship, Harvard Medical School, and medical director,
trauma nurse practitioner program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, organized a group of Harvard and UM physicians that
traveled to Cuba to assist in the presentation of the first operative
trauma training course and participate in the second Cuban Surgical Congress. Dr. De Moya is a graduate of the UM trauma and
critical care fellowship program.
The trauma surgeons at UM Ryder Trauma Center look forward
to continuing to support efforts to improve trauma surgery around
the world, and we encourage other academic medical centers to
explore similar opportunities. ♦
The authors want to thank Hany Bahouth, MD; Miklosh Bala, MD; Gadi
Shaked, MD; Dror Soffer, MD; and Michael Stein, MD, FACS, for sharing their views on the status of Israel’s trauma system. We also want to
recognize Matthew Patton for his support in writing this article, as well
as Nicholas Namias, MD, FACS; Louis Pizano, MD, FACS; Daniel Pust,
MD; Carl Schulman, MD, FACS; Tanya Zakrison, MD, FACS; and the
UM division of trauma and critical care, all of whom actively participated in the programs described in this article.
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