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IVUmed: A Nonprofit Model for Surgical Training in Low-Resource Countries

Authors:

Mohamed Jalloh ,

Hopital General de Grand Yoff, Dakar, Senegal
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Joshua P. Wood,

IVUmed, Salt Lake City, UT
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Mary Fredley,

IVUmed, Salt Lake City, UT
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Catherine R. deVries

IVUmed, Salt Lake City, UT; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
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Abstract

Background

Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) face both training and infrastructural challenges for surgical care, particularly for specialty care, such as for urology. Practitioners charged with caring for these patients have few options for basic or advanced training.

Objectives

IVUmed, a nonprofit organization, has for 20 years supported urological educational programs in 30 LMICs by coordinating a network of US and international academic and private providers, institutions, industry partners, and professional societies.

Methods

IVUmed's motto, “Teach One, Reach Many” has emphasized a teach-the-teacher approach. Program partners, such as Hopital General de Grand Yoff in Dakar, Senegal, have advanced from little urological subspecialty availability to having the capacity to treat a wide range of conditions while also teaching surgeons from Senegal and neighboring countries.

Conclusions

Long-term program commitments; effective communication; and a shared vision among the program site, the coordinating nongovernmental organization, and supporting organizations facilitate the development of thriving surgical teaching programs capable of serving local communities and conducting outreach training.

How to Cite: Jalloh, M., Wood, J.P., Fredley, M. and deVries, C.R., 2015. IVUmed: A Nonprofit Model for Surgical Training in Low-Resource Countries. Annals of Global Health, 81(2), pp.260–264. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2015.03.001
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Published on 16 Jun 2015.
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