Health, and the University of
Rwanda, Dr. Murthy was a key
leader in planning and executing
Rwanda’s inaugural national
breast cancer symposium. This
program led to the creation
of multidisciplinary tumor
boards at university hospitals
and further supported breast
training programs throughout
the country, and procurement
of breast core needle biopsies.
Dr. Murthy plans to pursue
an academic career where
she can continue her work in
medical education and improve
access to quality surgical cancer
care in the most disenfranchised
patient populations. ♦
Dr. Murthy (left) and the Ineza Cooperative with a low-fidelity breast model. Dr. Murthy (left) with Robert Riviello MD, FACS
(center), and a local surgeon in Rwanda.
Bleeding control spotlighted at new
ACS Theater Sessions at Clinical Congress
A new bleeding control (B-Con) course has
been developed in response to the call from
the American College of Surgeons (
ACS)-led Hartford Consensus for direct training
of lay personnel (immediate responders) in
external hemorrhage control (see compendium
enclosed with this month’s Bulletin). The U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services
also have been involved in these efforts to
increase collaboration between tactical law
enforcement, non-tactical law enforcement,
fire service, and emergency medical services
personnel (professional first responders) when
responding to the scene of a casualty incident.
The new B-Con course will be spotlighted
at the ACS Theater at the ACS Clinical
Congress, October 4–8, in Chicago, IL. This
session, which will be presented twice during
the Clinical Congress (2:00–2: 25 pm, Monday,
October 5, and 11:15–11: 40 am, Wednesday,
October 7) is a preview of the 2. 5 hour course
that meets the requirements of basic training
in hemorrhage control. Course participants
will learn fundamental lifesaving medical
interventions, including bleeding control with a
tourniquet, bleeding control with gauze packets
and topical hemostatic agents, and opening an
airway properly to allow the victim to breathe.
The B-Con course PowerPoint presentation
can be accessed via the ACS website at www.facs.