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J Surg Educ. 2011 Sep-Oct;68(5):393-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2011.05.012. Epub 2011 Jul 2.

Teaching emergency and essential surgical care in Sierra Leone: a model for low income countries.

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  • 1Surgeons OverSeas (SOS), New York, New York, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Surgeons OverSeas (SOS), a New York-based organization with a mission to save lives in developing countries, conducted a surgical needs assessment in Sierra Leone in 2008 which identified a large gap in surgical knowledge. We hypothesized that knowledge transfer could be improved by conducting workshops with significant local faculty participation.

DESIGN:

Description of emergency and essential surgical care workshops (EESC) workshops and follow-up.

SETTING:

Freetown and Bo, Sierra Leone.

PARTICIPANTS:

International and local health providers in Sierra Leone.

METHODS:

SOS organized EESC workshops in collaboration with significant local surgeons' support. Data on subsequent workshops were recorded.

RESULTS:

Fifteen instructors were identified and assisted with teaching. Nine of the instructors were specialists from Sierra Leone. Each workshop lasted 3 days. Feedback was gathered after these workshops Subsequent to the SOS workshops, 8 other workshops were undertaken by local surgeons in Sierra Leone, 5 of which were organized and taught solely by local surgeons working for the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation. Three other workshops were organized with external support.

CONCLUSIONS:

EESC workshops organized with significant local input are useful for knowledge transfer and empower local surgeons to conduct subsequent workshops on their own.

Copyright © 2011 Association of Program Directors in Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID:
21821219
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