Addressing the Unmet Global Need for Surgical Care

In this presentation Dr. Jed G. Nuchturn, M.D. and Dr. Megan Vu, M.D. discuss health disparities in surgical practices around the world. They give statistics as well as anecdotes of their work in Malawi and Vietnam, respectively, showing the benefits of providing certain bellwether procedures to underserved communities and effects of meeting these needs on overall community health.

CME Information

CME Credit Available

You may claim CME credit after watching this activity.

Needs Statement

General, plastic, thoracic, vascular, cardiothoracic, abdominal transplantation and surgical oncology physicians, residents, fellows and medical students need to be regularly updated on novel therapies, as well as advances in surgical care and clinical practices that will aid them in treating a variety of surgical procedures to increase the patient care experience and improve practice efficiency.

Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, the participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the scope and magnitude of the problem of the unmet need for surgical care in underserved communities.
  • Describe the barriers to meeting this need.
  • Explain the importance of providing the bellwether procedures at the district hospital level.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Fellows
  • Residents

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Program Director

S. Rob Todd, M.D.
Professor and Chief of Acute Care Surgery
Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Term of Approval

November 1, 2019 through November 30, 2021. Original release date: November 1, 2019.

Disclosure Policy

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Disclosures

The following individual(s) has/have reported financial or other relationship(s) with commercial entities whose products/services may relate to the educational content of this activity:

Presenters

  1. Jed G. Nuchtern, M.D.

    Jed G. Nuchtern, M.D.

    Professor and Chief
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

  2. Megan Vu, M.D.

    Megan Vu, M.D.

    General Surgery Resident
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

CME Credit Available

You may claim CME credit after watching this activity.

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Presenters:

  1. Jed G. Nuchtern, M.D.

    Jed G. Nuchtern, M.D.

    Professor and Chief Baylor College of Medicine
  2. Megan Vu, M.D.

    Megan Vu, M.D.

    General Surgery Resident Baylor College of Medicine