Interplast provides advanced training to increase the skill levels of its international medical partners.
Interplast provides direct, hands-on training for developing world medical personnel.
"Each year, Interplast works with 650 overseas medical professionals to provide surgical care more safely, effectively and efficiently on their own. One surgeon in a developing country can potentially perform thousands of life-changing operations in his/her lifetime.”
Multiple factors—difficult admissions, high financial cost and language barriers—make it difficult for medical professionals from abroad to come to the United States for advanced surgical training. The Visiting Educator Program delivers education and training where it is needed, and builds capacity and the supply of trained doctors who are dedicated to offering aid in their own underserved communities.
Interplast collaborates with its international partners to define local community needs and to set local goals and objectives. The reconstructive plastic surgery topics include hand surgery, microsurgery, advanced cleft techniques and burn reconstruction. Training is also given in anesthesia, nursing, orthodontics and physical and hand therapy. Click here for the current schedule of workshops.
Each week-long workshop provides training through hands-on surgical care, lectures, educational materials and question-and-answer sessions. Interplast relies on the concept of teaching surgeries through observation, but most especially through hands-on training during actual operations. This method assures our international medical partners’ success in learning and performing new skills.
Technology connects surgeons in remote regions of the developing world with each other and with physicians in the United States, Canada and around the world.
Interplast Grand Rounds: Interplast Grand Rounds (IGR) is a state-of-the-art web-based program that connects isolated, developing world surgeons with a global network of medical professionals for advice on difficult cases and to collaborate in the delivery of high-quality care to patients living in poverty overseas.
Physicians post digital photographs and case summaries of complicated cases requiring reconstructive surgery, and almost immediately, experts from around the world log on and offer advice and insight into available surgical techniques and follow-up care. Surgeons from 17 developing world countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America regularly collaborate with surgeons in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Without the benefits of this valuable global medical advice, poor patients with complicated cases might never receive the expert care they need.
Interplast Grand Rounds is helping to educate and build the capacity of developing world surgeons who provide free care for the poor in their own communities. Many developing world countries have fewer than 10 plastic reconstructive surgeons. Political unrest also plagues many of these countries and isolates the doctors further—making the advice of online colleagues even more important. Physicians from countries like Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sudan—countries currently in varying states of turmoil and on the U.S. State Department’s travel warning list—are able to virtually connect with their colleagues around the world and gain valuable online advice and peer mentoring.
Because of the value Interplast Grand Rounds has added to the experience of Interplast’s partner surgeons, the organization is about to unveil a similar collaboration tool for the developing world anesthesiologists who work with Interplast. You can take a virtual tour of the site at: www.interplast.org/discus.
Interplast uses personal data assistants (PDAs) to record patient chart information on medical volunteer team trips. With this system, Interplast collects patient medical information to secure statistical data and assist in studies of medical information relevant to Interplast and other organizations.
Technology Training: In recent years, medical education and care has evolved in even the poorest nations of the world. But, in many cases, surgeons are trained in the basic aspects of surgery with little opportunity to advance their skills to perform reconstructive plastic surgery.
Interplast purchases, produces and distributes CD-ROM educational tools to provide our international medical partners with advanced medical training. The Interplast Online Teaching Library makes available to all partner medical personnel worldwide and medical volunteers the latest applicable abstracts and medical presentations Interplast has. With specialized material in anesthesia, surgery, pediatrics and nursing, the site is designed to provide critical information for the entire team of health providers with whom Interplast works. Interplast also partners with Global-HELP, making even more medical publications and textbooks available to our international partners.
Interplast’s high-tech training efforts help surgeons and other medical professionals who crave the ability to care for all the people of their countries in the sophisticated manner they know is possible.
The program creates incredible opportunities for skilled and dedicated health care providers from developing countries to study in the United States and other countries, so that they can bring these skills back to poor patients in their own communities. Medical professionals learn from experts in the fields of surgery, medicine, nursing or physical/speech therapy. And it all translates into increased medical access for children in developing countries.
Webster Fellow's Range of Duties: Variability of the fellow's experience is expected, depending on the needs of Interplast and the capabilities of the fellow. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following activities:
Contact Information: For application requirements and instructions, please email: Fran Cunniffe, medical education and outreach coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for receipt of application materials is September 1.