<![CDATA[UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies News ]]>http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events.aspxUCSF NewsenTue, 9 May 2017 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=70156 <![CDATA[Summer 2017 Internship Opportunity]]> We are seeking a motivated intern to be a part of our team for the summer of 2017. For more information about the internship, please see below.

The Center is interested in developing National Surgical Plans, particularly with its partner countries Cameroon and Uganda.

The intern will be the lead author on a review about existing literature on National Surgical Plans. While the intern will have significant autonomy with regards to the project, s/he will work closely with the Center's staff. This internship will provide the opportunity to learn about the emerging topic of global surgery in the larger discipline of global health. The internship will also be an opportunity to develop literature review skills. Current or graduated undergraduate- and masters-level students as well as medical students with an interest in and/or a major/concentration or degree in international development, public policy, public health, global health, or related fields are eligible and encouraged to apply.

For more information about the position including the position's specific functions and responsibilities, the ideal qualifications of applicants, and instructions for applying, please go to this link.

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- by Girish Motwani http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=70156
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=69917 <![CDATA[S. Ariane Christie, MD Awarded "Outstanding Abstract Presentation"]]> The Center for Global Surgical Studies is very proud to announce that one of our trainees, S. Ariane Christie, MD, received the award "Outstanding Abstract Presentation" at the 30th Annual J. Engelbert Dunphy Resident Research Symposium. Dr. Christie received this award for her research project titled "Injury and Care-Seeking in Southwest Cameroon: A Community-Based Survey". Congratulations, Dr. Christie!

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Second from the left in the above photo is Catherine Juillard, MD, MPH receiving the award "Outstanding Abstract Presentation" on behalf Dr. Christie on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017.

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- by Girish Motwani http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=69917
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=69798 <![CDATA[CGSS Blog's First Post!]]> The Center for Global Surgical Studies has officially inaugurated its "CGSS Blog" with its first post, "Crowd Justice for Trauma in LMICs?", written by trainee S. Ariane Christie, MD.

The CGSS Blog is intended to push our members--especially trainees--to reflect on their on-the-ground experiences, thoughts, and ideas. Additionally, the Blog was created to serve as a platform through which members can share their experiences, thoughts, and ideas with colleagues and others more generally interested in global surgery and trauma work.

The first post on the Blog ("Crowd Justice for Trauma in LMICs?") explores the topic of crowd justice, specifically in the context of Cameroon.

Please stay tuned for more blog posts, which will be written and published periodically.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=69773 <![CDATA[An Algorithm for Assessing Economic Status in Resource-Constrained Settings]]> The Center for Global Surgical Studies' trainee, Lauren Eyler, MD, MPH, in collaboration with UC Berkeley's Alan Hubbard, PhD and one of the Center's Co-Directors, Catherine Juillard, MD, MPH, worked together to develop an algorithm that facilitates health disparities research in the context of low- and middle-income countries. The algorithm can define population-specific models of economic status using variables from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) household assets data. The use of DHS data makes it easy to track the economic status of injured patients and to compare the economic status of injured patients with that of the general population. Using the algorithm allows investigators to track the economic status of injured patients over the course of interventions implemented to tackle injury disparities, for instance.

The algorithm has been incorporated into an R shiny app called the EconomicClusters App. The App was developed for use by investigators with limited statistical software coding experience.

To read more about the EconomicClusters App, please click here. At the link provided you can find more information about downloading the Mac and Windows versions of the App as well as the accompanying PowerPoint Presentation and the journal article.

To go straight to the folder containing the EconomicClusters App, the PowerPoint, and the journal article, please click here.

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- by Girish Motwani http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=69773
Tue, 7 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=69620 <![CDATA[Data Collected from Over 8,000 People in Eight Weeks]]> On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, Center for Global Surgical Studies' (CGSS) trainees Sabrinah Ariane Christie, MD, Drusia Dickson, and the Community Based Survey on Injury team completed their data collection efforts in Southwest Cameroon. The data collection efforts--which spanned a period of eight weeks--yielded data on over 8,000 people living in the region.

One of the aims of this CGSS study is to estimate the yearly incidence of injury in the Southwest region of Cameroon with an emphasis on understanding patterns of injury and care-seeking behavior among households with injured persons who do not present to formal care. Preliminary analyses of the data are underway.

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Pictured above is the Community Based Survey on Injury team posing in front of the University of Buea gate on the last morning of data collection. The team includes S. Ariane Christie, MD (UCSF Surgical Resident), Drusia Dickson (UCSF Medical Student), and University of Buea medical students Ahmed Fonje, Emerson Wepngong, Eunice Oben, Frida Nganje, Kareen Azemafac, Susan Mbeboh, William Chendjou, and Agbor Mbiarkai.

CGSS is proud of Dr. Christie, Ms. Dickson, and the entire Community Based Survey on Injury team for their successful data collection efforts.

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Fri, 3 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=69297 <![CDATA[ New Opportunities in Global Health Studies at UCSF - Apply Now!]]> Global Health Pathway Program

Learn more about the program here

Submit application here

Deadline to apply: February 22, 2017* 

* Late applications will be accepted so long as the applicant's program director approves her/his participation in the three-week course September 5th-September 22nd.

Please note:

  • Requirements include participation in the program's full-time course as well as completion and presentation of a scholarly project.
  • Please fill out the application as completely as possible. If you do not yet have a definite project or mentor , you may write "N/A" for now.

Global Cancer Pilot Award

This award is available through UCSF's Resource Allocation Program (RAP). Learn more about the program including eligibility criteria and the application process here.

Deadline to apply: February 27, 2017, 2pm (PST)

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- by Girish Motwani http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=69297
Tue, 5 Apr 2016 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=63999 <![CDATA[Apply Now! Commonwealth Scholarship for MSc in Trauma Sciences]]> The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK is offering four scholarships for MSc applicants in Trauma Sciences at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. MSc applicants permanently residing in a developing Commonwealth country are eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship.

The program currently offers four scholarships covering course fees and additional expenses: two for the MSc in Trauma Sciences / Trauma Sciences + Military and Humanitarian and two for the MSc in Orthopaedic Trauma Sciences. The deadline for scholarship applications is May 4, 2016.

For detailed information about the MSc program and scholarship, click here.

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- by Isabelle Feldhaus http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=63999
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=63400 <![CDATA[UCSF to Host Annual Global Health Conference]]> In early April, UCSF will host more than 1,500 global health faculty, students, staff and researchers from around the world for the largest academic global health conference in the U.S.

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference returns to San Francisco April 9-11 where it originated in 2009.

With the theme "Bringing to a Sustainable Future for Global Health," the conference will address the implications of the UN Sustainable Development Goals for global health research and education and explore creative ways to extend the impressive gains that have been made in global health over the past two decades.

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- by Isabelle Feldhaus http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=63400
Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=63372 <![CDATA[S. Ariane Christie, MD, Presented with 2016 AAS/AASF Global Surgery Research Fellowship Award]]> The Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and Association for Academic Surgery Foundation (AASF) presented S. Ariane Christie, MD, a General Surgery Resident at UCSF, with the 2016 AAS/AASF Global Surgery Research Fellowship Award for her research proposal titled "Long Term Outcomes Following Traumatic Injury in a Regional Trauma Center in Limbe, Cameroon" at the 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress. The award is designed for individuals who are interested in advancing the field of Global Surgery through research aimed at advancing understanding or improvements of surgical care in resource-poor settings.

Trauma remains the leading cause of death and disability between the ages of 1 and 44. Though low- and middle-income countries bear a disproportionately high burden of the global morbidity and mortality attributable to trauma, the specific epidemiology and outcomes of injured patients in these settings are largely unknown. Dr. Christie's study proposes to use cell phone numbers collected at the time of injury in conjunction with a recently established trauma registry to collect long-term data regarding the impact of traumatic injury on functional, financial, and health status on patients in Limbe, Cameroon.

Implementation of Dr. Christie's research will begin 2016 in collaboration with the UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies and its partners at the University of Buea and Limbe Regional Hospital in Cameroon. 

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- by Isabelle Feldhaus http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=63372
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=63285 <![CDATA[Stabbings and Gunshot Wounds as a Public Health Problem]]> SF Wraparound Director, Dr. Rochelle Dicker provides insight into the growth of hospital intervention programs for patients who are injured as a result of violence.  The following Washington Post article reports that patients with gunshot or stab wounds are more likely to be re-injured, especially if their circumstances do not change after injury. In addition to being more likely to face issues of domestic violence, mental illness, and substance abuse, a lack of stable housing and poverty are stressors that can result in health problems. Research finds that the need for intervention is sensible on both a public health and cost-effectiveness standpoint, as those patients who participate in violence prevention programs are less likely to return to the hospital. 

So far, there isn't much research measuring such programs' effectiveness. But the findings that are available show promise.

UCSF found that people who had come to the hospital with a gunshot or stab wound and then participated in the intervention program were far less likely to get injured again. The number of patients returning with another violent injury dropped from 16 percent to 4.5 percent.

And in a paper published last year, researchers estimated that the program would save the hospital half a million dollars annually.

That's crucial. "It's very important to be able to talk about cost-effectiveness" as hospitals look to curb expenses, Dicker said.

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Wed, 9 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=62558 <![CDATA[Max Brondfield Wins First Prize for Presentation at XXVIII Panamerican Trauma Congress]]> Max Brondfield, UCSF School of Medicine '16, won first prize for his oral presentation in the student category at the XXVIII Panamerican Trauma Congress in Santa Cruz, Bolivia this past November. The Panamerican Trauma Society seeks to encourage the exchange of knowledge and information between and among physicians, nurses, prehospital providers, and other healthcare personnel who take care of injured patients in North, Central, and South America.

Using 2013 data from an urban Level 1 trauma center, Brondfield modeled rates of trauma at the individual and census tract level to understand the role of alcohol outlets relative to socioeconomic factors thought to influence injury. He projected injury event and alcohol outlet data onto a map of census tracts, which was then stratified according to age, intentionality, and blood alcohol level screening.

Positive blood alcohol levels were associated with higher injury severity score among trauma victims. At the census tract level, density of off-sale alcohol outlets per capital was the strongest correlated variable with all traumas and those for which blood alcohol level was elevated on admission. Violent trauma showed the strongest association with on-sale alcohol outlets per capita. Results of this study may inform policy measures to prevent trauma and create a safer urban environment.

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- by Isabelle Feldhaus http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=62558
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=62183 <![CDATA[4th Annual Global Humanitarian Surgery Course at Stanford University]]> 2015 11 02 09 14 45

The Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University School of Medicine (SUSM), CA, will host a one-and-a-half-day Continuing Medical Education (CME) course, February 27−28, on humanitarian surgery missions in developing countries. The fourth annual international humanitarian aid skills course will review common conditions encountered in resource-limited environment. Through a variety of techniques, including skill stations and simulation, the course will provide instruction on common procedures performed in resource-limited environments. The course also will offer the essential elements of surgical safety, ethics, and cultural considerations in such settings. Specific skill areas that will be taught include orthopaedic dislocations and fracture management with traction ins and external fixation, cesarean sections, post-partum hemorrhage, burn management and hand cutting of skin grafts, burr holes, and hysterectomy.

Register by January 24. Space is limited. SUSM designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Find more information about the course online, including discounted hotel information. For registration assistance, e-mail stanfordcme@stanford.edu, for course questions email Dr. Sherry Wren: swren@stanford.edu.

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 Isabelle Feldhaus http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=62183 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=58904 <![CDATA[Join us for the annual "Bay Area Global Health Film Festival" ]]> Join the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology (IGOT) for the upcoming annual Bay Area Global Health Film Festival! Through this advocacy event, IGOT's goal is to build community awareness around global health concerns that have a local and global impact. 

Bay area film festival

Wednesday, September 30th doors open at 5:30pm 

Public Works
161 Erie St.
San Francisco, 94103 

This year's theme is "The Art of Rehabilitation Locally and Globally". There will be a special performance by Axis Dance a professional dance company with handicap artists, amazing BBQ, DJ and cash bar! 

Films will highlight:

  • What life is like for amputees in the Bay Area
  • How simple surgical skills can save lives and limbs in Tanzania
  • What basic sewing skills can do to improve the lives of Kenyan Woman
  • How Crossfit challenges have changed the way people with disabilities are viewed by their community
  • What scuba diving has done for children who are wheelchair bound

and an expert panel for Q&A will end the night!

Raffle Prizes will be awarded and partner organization tables will have info and goodies on display! 

Make it a date night (this is a 21+ years only event)….HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!

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Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=58909 <![CDATA[How Surgery Can Fight Global Poverty ]]> Last week, The New York Times published an Op-Ed discussing the inherent need for improving surgical systems and building reliable surgical infrastructure as a way to strengthen the health care system. While HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria continues to be the main focus of global health policies, access to surgical care remains limited for most of the world. 

Surgery is more than just facial tumors, breast cancer and trauma; it is a crosscutting intervention, involved in every disease category from infections to blindness, from congenital abnormalities to maternal conditions, from the neurological to the cardiac to the neoplastic. To put this in perspective, H.I.V., tuberculosis and malaria — which have captured the global conversation — currently make up less than one-tenth of the global disease burden, combined.

Why, then, has surgery been ignored? In part, because expanding surgery seems daunting and expensive. Why not just focus global energy on vaccines, for example, which can be mass-produced and delivered to the population, rather than scaling up an entire health infrastructure? After all, providing surgery requires reliable electricity, water, suction, sterilization, oxygen — as well as surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and biomedical technicians.

But this is exactly what makes improving surgery ideal. Improve a surgical system, and you improve the very things that are necessary for the delivery of health care in general. Doing so is less costly than it might initially seem. The cost of scaling up a surgical system in resource-poor countries — about $300 billion over 18 years — represents only about 5 percent of the total combined expenses that governments in low- and lower-middle-income countries spend on health annually, and pales in comparison with the $12.3 trillion cost of inaction. And spending that money now will not only lower the current surgical disease burden and allow patients to return to economic productivity, but it will also make the health system itself more resilient when shocks like Ebola hit.

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Tue, 15 Sep 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=55294 <![CDATA[Spotlight: Adam Laytin, MD, MPH]]> Adam Laytin, MD, MPH, a former UCSF General Surgery Resident, spent his final research year, 2014-2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a Global Health Equity Scholar with the Fogarty International Center, an NIH branch devoted to international health research.  

Dr. Laytin partnered with surgeons and emergency physicians at several of the public teaching hospitals, such as Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (pictured below), to develop and strengthen research infrastructure to address the burden of injury in Ethiopia. He helped to establish several trauma registries and analyzed data about patterns of injuries and clinical outcomes of trauma patients. Emergency medicine and trauma care are still in their infancy in much of sub-Saharan Africa and the data that they collect will be invaluable in quality improvement and advocacy efforts. He also piloted a novel protocol for collecting data about the long-term clinical outcomes of trauma patients in sub-Saharan Africa.  

In addition to his research activities, Dr. Laytin held an academic role in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital, teaching residents about study design and data analysis and advising senior residents designing their own research protocols. 

Laytin

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- by Isabelle Feldhaus http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=55294
Tue, 7 Jul 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=52523 <![CDATA[CUGH Webinar | The Global Surgery Deficit]]> "Approximately 5 billion out of 7 billion people in the world have no or little access to basic surgical care."

On Monday, July 20th, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) will be hosting a webinar to describe the magnitude of the global surgery deficit. Discussion will include exploring the magnitude of the surgery deficit, current international priorities, and will provide a chance to share ideas for opportunities on how to tackle this challenge. Speakers include Dr. Girma Tefera, Medical Director of Operation Giving Back, and Dr. Fizan Abdullah, Chair of the Global Surgery Initiative at Johns Hopkins University. The session will be moderated by Dr. Keith Martin, Executive Director of CUGH.

Join us on July 20th at 10:30 – 11:30 AM PST. Register here.

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- by Ghazel WaizIsabelle Feldhaus http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=52523
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=52319 <![CDATA[Video Release: Launch of Center for Global Surgical Studies]]> The launch of the Center for Global Surgical Studies at UCSF marks a high point for 2015, "a year when the stars for global surgery seem to be aligned," said Haile Debas, Director of the UC Global Health Institute. The event highlighted the path to realizing surgery for all as an integral part universal health coverage as a global health community as well as fostering multidisciplinary collaborations across UCSF. 

For those of you not able to attend, you can now view recordings of the event at your convenience.

Hear directly from leaders in global surgery:

Haile Debas 
Jaime Sepulveda
Dean Jamison
Gavin Yamey

More videos will be added soon. Subscribe to our channel here for updates.

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- by Neha Shah, Isabelle Feldhaus http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=52319
Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=51825 <![CDATA[Launch of Center for Global Surgical Studies at UCSF]]> DCP3 series editor Dr. Dean Jamison joined Essential Surgery volume lead editor Dr. Haile Debas, Communications Technical Advisory Group member Dr. Gavin Yamey, and Advisory Committee member Dr. Jaime Sepulveda for an event launching the Center for Global Surgical Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

See the full story here.

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Fri, 1 May 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=51639 <![CDATA[ Center for Global Surgical Studies to Launch May 28, 2015]]> The Center for Global Surgical Studies at UCSF officially announces its launch on Thursday, May 28, 2015. The event will feature the recently released findings of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery with words from Commissioner Gavin Yamey and editors of Disease Control Priorities 3, Volume 1: Essential Surgery, Dean Jamison and Haile Debas.

The launch of the Center proves to be timely and appropriate given the considerable momentum and mounting evidence for increased action, investment, and research for global surgery as an integral component of health care and health systems towards universal health coverage. The event marks yet another milestone for global health and global surgery at UCSF, bringing together key players for greater potential innovation and collaboration across institutions.

See the launch agenda here.

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Please RSVP to Ghazel.Waiz@ucsf.edu

Letter from the Directors Announcing Program Launch

Dear Colleague,

Through the generous support of the Department of Surgery under the leadership of Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D., the Department Chair, we have had the opportunity to formalize our global surgery efforts under a new Center for Global Surgical Studies.


In its current fledgling form, the Center for Global Surgical Studies is a Department of Surgery endeavor; however, we envision growing a strong multidisciplinary collaboration across all surgically related disciplines. We also look forward to joining forces with colleagues in Global Health Sciences and the professional schools at UCSF.

We cordially invite you to join us at our launch on Thursday, May 28th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to celebrate future research and collaboration for global surgery at UCSF and the Center for Global Surgical Studies as well as the recent accomplishments of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.

Rochelle Dicker, MD
Catherine Juillard, MD, MPH
Co-Directors, Center for Global Surgical Studies

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- by Isabelle Feldhaus http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=51639
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=51632 <![CDATA[Launch of Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Report]]> On April 27, 2015, the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery released Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare and economic development, the much anticipated report presenting the Commission's assessment of the current state of global surgery and its recommendations on how to improve surgical care delivery around the world.

Gavin Yamey, MBBS, MPH, MA, MRCP, who leads the Evidence-to-Policy Initiative (E2Pi) of the Global Health Group at UCSF is one of 25 commissioners. The Commission's Report, alongside the recently released Disease Control Priorities 3, Volume 1: Essential Surgery edited by the Founding Director of UC Global Health Institute and UCSF Professor Haile Debas, MD, provides strong evidence for action and investment in global surgery.

The Commission's Report (Overview) highlights five key messages:

  1. Five billion people do not have access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia care when needed.
  2. 143 million additional surgical care procedures are needed in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) each year to save lives and prevent disability.
  3. 33 million individuals face catastrophic health expenditure due to payment for surgery and anesthesia care each year.
  4. Investing in surgical services in LMICs is affordable, saves lives, and promotes economic growth.
  5. Surgery is an "indivisible, indispensable part of health care."

In the report, the findings of four working groups focused on 1) health care delivery and management, 2) workforce, training, and education, 3) economics and finance, and 4) information management describe the current situation and the way forward for global surgery.

Because of substantial deficits in global surgery research focus, practice, and capacity, the Commission also identified five areas with the greatest need for research as 1) cost and financing, 2) quality and safety, 3) care delivery innovations, 4) burden, and 5) determinants and barriers.

With the understanding that "[s]urgical and anesthesia care must become an integral component of health care and health systems in LMICs to realize our vision of universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia care," the Commission urges that "[a]s a new era of global health begins in 2015, the focus should be on the development of broad-based health-systems solutions, and resources should be allocated accordingly."

Related articles:

Global surgery—going beyond the Lancet Commission

Finding surgery's place on the global health agenda

Global access to surgical care: a modelling study

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=51568 <![CDATA[Join us for "Save Limbs & Lives" Pub Night]]> Join the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology (IGOT) for an upcoming Pub Night to learn how its International SMART Course helps to save about 2500 limbs annually!

 

Southern California Pub Night at Monty Bar
Saturday, April 18th 7-10pm

Join us in Los Angeles at Monty Bar to help raise support for IGOT's SMART Course.

We will show a short video of IGOT's work, sell some gear & raise donations for the campaign.

RSVP
Monty Bar
1222 W. 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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San Francisco Pub Night at The Homestead
Saturday, April 25th 7-10pm

Join us in San Francisco at The Homestead where IGOT was founded!

Share some pints & peanuts to raise support for the campaign.

RSVP
The Homestead
2301 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=50691 <![CDATA[Disease Control Priorities, 3rd Edition Releases First Volume: Essential Surgery]]> DCP3 PRESS RELEASE

The Disease Control Priorities Network at the University of Washington's Department of Global Health has released its first volume of the Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition (DCP3) series, focused on essential surgery. Volume editor and UCSF Professor, Haile T. Debas, says that it identifies and defines 44 procedures that should be available in low- and middle-income countries based on their ability to address population needs, cost-effectiveness, and feasibility. Volume contents are available for download here.

Members of the UCSF community have been heavily involved in the production of the volume, listed below.

Haile T. Debas
Volume Editor
Director of the University of California Global Health Institute based at UCSF

Dean T. Jamison
Senior Researcher and Series Editor
Senior Fellow in Global Health Sciences at UCSF and Emeritus Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington

Jessica H. Beard
Contributor, Chapter 4: General Surgical Emergencies, Chapter 9: Hernia and Hydrocele
General Surgery Resident, Department of Surgery, UCSF

Richard A. Gosselin
Contributor, Chapter 3: Surgery and Trauma Care
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, UCSF

Renee Hsia
Contributor, Chapter 14: Prehospital and Emergency Care
San Francisco General Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UCSF

William P. Schecter
Contributor, Chapter 9: Hernia and Hydrocele, Chapter 20: Global Surgery and Poverty
San Francisco General Hospital
Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery, UCSF

Jaime Sepúlveda
Member of Advisory Committee to the Editors
Executive Director, Global Health Sciences, UCSF

John S. Greenspan
Reviewer
Professor and Associate Dean for Global Oral Health, Department of Orofacial Sciences, UCSF

Dhruv S. Kazi
Reviewer
Assistant Professor, UCSF School of Medicine

Teri Reynolds
Reviewer
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UCSF

Gavin Yamey
Reviewer
Lead, Evidence to Policy Initiative, Global Health Group, UCSF

Rachel Cox
Volume Coordinator
Education Program Analyst, Global Health Sciences (GHS), UCSF
Assistant to Molly Cooke, the GHS Director of Education, and to Haile T. Debas

Resources for Authors
Previous CGSS News on DCP3: Summary of Key Points

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Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=50119 <![CDATA[Disease Control Priorities, 3rd Edition Focuses on Essential Surgery as Critical to Health Systems Strengthening]]> In 2015-2016, the World Bank will publish nine volumes of Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition (DCP3). Volume 1, Essential Surgery discusses basic and emergency surgical care that can be provided by district hospitals, identifying and defining 44 procedures that are essential based on their ability to address population needs, cost-effectiveness, and feasibility. The volume includes chapters on the global burden of surgical disease, essential surgical interventions, surgical platforms and policies, and the economics of surgery. (1)

This report is released in the midst of growing recognition of the importance of surgery in health system development. Research over the last two decades refutes the common assumptions that surgery is costly and low in effectiveness. DCP, 2nd edition, published in 2006, dedicated a chapter to surgery and provided initial estimates of surgical disease burden. The dedication of a full volume to the topic in this most recent edition speaks to the burgeoning knowledge base and understanding of surgical need around the world. The work of the World Health Organization's Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and the recent creation of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery also demonstrate the increasing attention being paid to the role of surgical care in health systems strengthening.

Key messages from DCP3 on essential surgery (2):

  1. Provision of essential surgical procedures would avert about 1.5 million deaths a year, 6-7% of all avertable deaths in low- and middle-income countries.
  2. Essential surgical procedures rank among the most cost-effective of all health interventions.
  3. Measures to expand access to surgery have been shown to be safe and effective while countries make long-term investment in building surgical and anesthesia workforces.
  4. Substantial disparities remain in the safety of surgical care, driven by high perioperative mortality rates including anesthesia-related deaths in low- and middle-income countries.
  5. The large burden of surgical disorders, cost-effectiveness of essential surgery, and strong public demand for surgical services suggest that universal coverage of essential surgery should be financed early on the path to universal health coverage.

References

  1. Essential Surgery | DCP3 [Internet]. [cited 2015 Mar 6].
  2. Mock CN, Donkor P, Gawande A, Jamison DT, Kruk ME, Debas HT. Essential surgery: key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition. The Lancet [Internet]. 2015 Feb [cited 2015 Feb 8].
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- by Isabelle Feldhaus http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=50119
Tue, 6 Jan 2015 00:00:00 PSThttp://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=47422 <![CDATA[Department of Surgery to Create Center for Global Surgical Studies]]> The Department of Surgery has announced the creation of a new program, Center for Global Surgical Studies at UCSF, led by trauma surgeons, Rochelle Dicker, M.D.and Catherine Juillard, M.D., M.P.H.. The Center's mission is to address the significant global burden of surgical disease, in which trauma alone is responsible for more deaths annually than HIV, malaria, and TB combined. The Center seeks to improve global access to quality surgical care in low-resource settings through research and education. It will play a strong leadership role in academic global surgery and partner with organizations in low- and middle-income countries. The Center will also identify opportunities in research and education and promote resident and faculty exchange in these areas. Center faculty will provide intensive mentorship of students, residents, and faculty interested in academic global surgery, training them to serve as future leaders in this field with critical unmet medical needs.

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- by Richard Barg  http://global.surgery.ucsf.edu/news--events/ucsf-news.aspx?id=47422