February of 2014: Dr. Amanda Gosman, ConnectMed Founder traveled to the Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Hue, Vietnam. As a guest professor, she collaborated with local surgeons and participated in hands-on training and educational conferences in reconstructive surgery.
March of 2014: ConnectMed took its first surgical team to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries in the city of Ho Chi Minh. Patients traveled from villages in the central and northern parts of Vietnam for a chance at these specialized surgeries. We performed 29 surgeries during its initial week in Vietnam. With the help of local surgeons, we were able to set up ongoing speech therapy for several of the older patients. Dr. Gosman was an educational guest speaker on cleft lip and palate at the hospital’s symposium for the hearing, screening and neonatal teams.
ConnectMed had a productive week of collaboration and educational outreach. Dr. Gosman led a team of 19 physicians, nurses and nursing students from UCSD and Cal State San Marcos School of Nursing. Over the course of a week, the team successfully evaluated many patients and provided 13 reconstructive procedures addressing a wide range of problems, from motor vehicle injuries to children with cleft lip/palate, and 18 regional anesthesia blocks.
CMI also provided multiple lectures and educational seminars to local students and residents alongside the Hue Department of Anesthesia, Orthopedics, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This week of collaboration provided unique opportunities for members of the CMI team to exchange clinical skills with their Vietnamese counterparts, as well as expand their clinical experience and their cultural competency.
Surgical procedures addressed a range of reconstructive issues.
Multiple educational seminars addressed facial, breast, and cleft lip and palate surgeries, and related anesthesia procedures.
Information on ultrasound guided regional anesthesia blocks was shared.
Our collaboration provided opportunities for sharing clinical skills, expanding our professional skills and improving our cultural competency.