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The authors would like to thank the following individuals
for their contributions to this article and the work described
in it: Jorge Esteban Foianini, MD, FACS, secretary-treasurer
of the Panamerican Trauma Society; Allissa Gerdes, MPH,
global surgery program coordinator, Rutgers Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) acute care surgery division, New Brunswick, NJ; Carlos Morales, MD, professor
of surgery, University of Antioquia, San Vicente Hospital, Medellin, Colombia; Rachel Nemoyer, MD, masters in
public health dual degree epidemiology and global health,
global surgery track, Rutgers RWJMS; Jose Cruvinel Neto,
MD, Universidade Santo Amaro, Brazil; Carlos Ordonez,
MD, FACS, professor of surgery, Universidad del Valle
and Fundación Valle del Lili, Cali, Colombia; Juan Carlos
Puyana, MD, FACS, professor of surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital, PA; Martha
Quiodettis, MD, FACS, chief of trauma, Santo Tomas Hospital, Panama City, Panama; Deesha Sarma, chancellor global
distinction scholar, Rutgers RWJMS; and Paul Truche, MD,
general surgery resident, Rutgers RWJMS.