The WORLD’s FIRST Surgery Live Stream from MONGOLIA

This guest post was provided by GHC Member, The University of Utah

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On September 27, Dr. Raymond Price, from the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery, and Dr. Sandag Erdene, from the Mongolian National University of Medical Science (MNUMS), performed a laparoscopic surgery broadcast live in 360-degree/virtual reality from Töv Province, Mongolia.  The live stream, in virtual reality via GIBLIB, allowed a unique view of the entire operating room – the surgeon, staff, all around the room, as well as zooming in to see more detail.  A global classroom of students from 40 countries tuned in to watch and ask questions.  The event marked the first-ever use of a low-cost laparoscopic technology in a low-cost teaching environment.

The physicians used a medical device invented on the University of Utah campus.  The tool was designed to make laparoscopic surgery affordable anywhere in the world, costing consumers a fraction of the per procedure cost of current laparoscopic technology on the market.

UUHC Physicians Guide Future of Emergency Care in India

Emergency medicine is a brand new concept in many parts of India, where emergency care skills are not well taught or represented in many Indian medical school curricula.  Peter P. Taillac, M.D., and Vijay Kandula, M.D., M.P.H., AAHIVS, have developed a “train-the-trainer” course that is modernizing emergency care in Karnataka, India and is now slated for use in other developing countries. Taillac and Kandula first conducted a needs assessment to learn the kinds of emergency injuries and illnesses common to the region.  They then developed a Comprehensive Emergency Care and Life Skill Support training program – a four-day course for medical students and five-day course for trainers.

The course is highly interactive and encourages students to actively participate with questions – a didactic method of learning that is new to most students. The schedule involves morning lectures followed by hands-on case-based scenarios in a skills lab, which, in this context, is also a novel approach to training. The focus is on learning skills, and students are encouraged to treat the test as another opportunity to learn.

In addition to medical students, current doctors will have the opportunity to take the course – as the Ministry of Health in Karnataka has allocated funds to train 400 doctors.  Since the program began two years ago more than 200 trainers have passed the course.  By year’s end, Taillac and Kandula expect to have certified 3 medical schools that will be able to teach the course independently. Aiming for sustainability, they hope to certify at least twenty schools in the next three years.   As the course builds knowledge and skills in the doctors and medical students they expect to see lower mortality rates in injury and illness.