Traveling Resident Scholar Highlight – Laurie Bachrach, MD, Mongolia

Through the generous sponsorship provided by the North Central Section of the AUA, Dr. Laurie Bachrach traveled to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with mentor Dr. Jeremy Myers to conduct a reconstructive and laparoscopic urology workshop this Fall.

Reporting on her experience, Dr. Bachrach stated:

“When I signed up for my IVUMed trip, I had high hopes for a great experience, but this was tempered by my previous international experiences. I had been on other trips where I felt limited in my ability to leave a lasting impact let alone even adequately treat patients with the limited resources available to my team. I was more hopeful for this trip based on the experiences of other IVUMed participants and the strong mission of Teach One, Reach Many. I am delighted to say that this trip exceeded all of my hopes and expectations. A combination of a receptive and competent hosts and realistic goals made this a worthwhile experience, that I believe will have a lasting impact on the Mongolian urologists and patients.

“This was a professionally and personally very gratifying experience. I truly enjoyed working alongside Drs. Erka and Nyamaa and enjoyed getting to know them better. One of my concerns early on was that it would be tough to balance my desire to pursue my own training and education without taking away from the their training. Dr. Myers was very helpful in negotiating this by defining specific roles for each case. In the end we became so busy that there was room for all of us to be working at the same time. That allowed us to take care of more patients, while also permitting all of us to get a richer training opportunity.

“I feel fortunate to have had such a rich and worthwhile experience. I was very impressed with the organization of the trip and the impact we had and I hope to make IVUmed a part of my professional life once I go into practice.”


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Matching Gifts

IVUmed now offers a database for our donors. The matching gift database allows donors to search for their employer in a catalog of over 17,000 companies.

Did you know that one in ten companies does matching gifts?

Do you work for a Fortune 500 company? Approximately 50% of Fortune 500 companies have matching gift programs.

Fortunately, many companies go beyond their employee’s contribution. Several will actually contribute 2 times the amount their employee donates. Thirteen percent of companies will match gifts 2 to 1.

Time is money, and employers recognize that. Have you contributed volunteer hours to IVUmed? You can search our database for your employer to see if they are one of the 4009 companies that match volunteer hours donated.

Have you recenlty contributed to IVUmed? Some companies will honor recent donations. Take your contribution to the next step to further IVUmed’s mission of making quality urological care available to people worldwide. Search our database for your employer, or a spouse or family member’s employer HERE.


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“This year, on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, we are part of a call to action and national movement that will change the calendar and help make history. We are celebrating a new day dedicated to giving—when nonprofits, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together to create #GivingTuesdaya new movement to celebrate giving and encourage more, better, and smarter giving during the holiday season”

We express gratitude and thankfulness on  Thanksgiving, enjoy shopping holidays “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”, take the next step and celebrate “#GivingTuesday”.

On GivingTuesday, you can donate to IVUmed HERE


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Third year of work in Zambia

In late September 2012, IVUmed hosted its second pediatric urology workshop in Lusaka, Zambia. Following the first workshop in 2011, IVUmed

decided to continue work in Lusaka due to the potential to set up a long-term commitment for building educational programs. With the help of our funders, volunteers and members, we were able to send a team of ten medical professionals to provide educational services.

Led by Dr. Francis Schneck, IVUmed board member and committee chair, the IVUmed team conducted the workshop in the primary training and referral hospital in Zambia, the University Teaching Hospital. Dr. Nenad Spasojevic, a local Zambian physician and reliable IVUmed partner, coordinated with the IVUmed team to assess 58 patients. IVUmed pediatric urologists, anesthesiologist and supporting staff were able to serve 26 patients and educate approximately 10 medical professionals.

The local physicians had the opportunity to scrub into surgeries and gain knowledge and skill in surgical techniques, especially hypospadias. Stacie Pearce, RN, lead nurse for IVUmed’s team, had the opportunity to host a lecture on pre-operative and post-operative surgery, pediatric airways, basic and advanced pediatric urology.

Throughout the past year, IVUmed has hosted at least seven large, urology education workshops in Sub-Saharan Africa. As we continue to develop and strengthen partnerships, IVUmed is creating a foundation for accessible, surgical care in areas where it is most needed.


This was a life changing experience that I could not have gotten in any other venue. I would recommend it to any physician who has the desire to do something for his fellowman.” – Leonard Stept, MD


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Board member, Dr. Francis Schneck and daughter, Meghan recognized by local community for service in Zambia

Board member and Medical Services Committee Chair, Dr. Francis Schneck, recently led our workshop in Lusaka, Zambia. His daughter, Meghan, joined the team to help with logistics and interacting with the patients. Her high school field hockey team recognized her off-the-field time was worth it!

Read more: Mt. Lebanon field hockey player helps African mercy mission 

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