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The First Ugandan Course in Surgical Research (Kampala, Uganda)

Published: April 15, 2016
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Drs Petrisor and Bhandari supported by an excellent faculty (Dr. Gerard Slobogean, Dr. Herman Johal, Dr. Jay Moro, Dr. Bill Ristevski, Dr. Meaghan Rollins, Dr. Desmond Kwok) and facilitated by the Course Organizer, Nathan O’Hara welcomed its 100 attendees to an exceptional day of evidence! Dr. Isaac Kaija served as local chair and give an inspired opening call to action to the attendees ,some of whom travelled hundreds of kilometers to attend the event.

Our continued collaborative work with UBC’s USTOP program and now including Maryland’s Shock Trauma occurred as well during the recent trip to Uganda. Franca Mossuto and Elizabeth Stec Nurses from Hamilton Health Sciences conducted another successful perioperative nursing course with Nurses from Mulago Hospital. The nursing team also had a half day workshop in the principles of fracture fixation.

Bioskills workshops were also conducted with local orthopaedic residents as well as multiple case reviews and sawbones discussions. McMaster faculty, Brad Petrisor, Jay Moro, Herman Johal, Meaghan Rollins and Des Kwok were joined by local faculty Moses Kakyama and Peter Ssenyonjo for a formal principles of fracture fixation course.

Surgical collaborations were undertaken throughout the week as well as an evidence based critical appraisal journal club. We give sincere thanks to Nathan O’Hara who masterfully coordinates all aspects of the groups time in Uganda. We look forward to continued collaboration with all three groups in the future and in this regard, are looking forward to hosting Edward Kironde a graduate of the Makerere University/Mulago Hospital orthopaedic program as a fellow with us over the next 6 months.

“I was inspired by the motivation and passion among attendees to improve patient care by using evidence as a key starting point!” said Dr. Bhandari

MacOrtho plans to continue its collaboration with hopes of planning courses throughout Africa in the years to come!

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