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Surgical Groups Like IVUmed Can Help Combat Ebola Outbreak

“While the fear of Ebola delays efforts to treat surgical patients in need”, according to General Surgery News, “African surgeons do their best in time of fear and lacking resources.” See full article here.  For the last 20 years, IVUmed has sent groups of talented, dedicated medical volunteers into low-resource areas in Africa and around the world to teach local physicians and nurses patient care and management for surgical conditions in non-emergency situations. This training can also be applied to successfully manage public health emergencies like the Ebola outbreak. With strong surgical infrastructure in place, medical providers who have been taught by IVUmed already have the knowledge they need to meet the challenges of a crisis situation.

Local physicians and nurses are taught skills for acute care, patient management, sterile technique, and other key areas of surgical and infectious disease management. Additionally, successful treatment of the crippling effects of many surgical conditions builds the confidence of communities in their healthcare providers and hospitals to allow for more rapid and effective response to disease outbreaks. Since surgical success is plainly visible, local patients gain trust in the capabilities of their hospitals and hospital staff.

Through our Teach One, Reach Many model, IVUmed helps improve the overall strength of our global partner institutions.   Get involved and support the life-changing work of IVUmed today.  www.IVUmed.org

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“Movember” is Here!

As you probably know, “Movember” is a global movement each November aimed at raising awareness of men’s health risks, especially prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. Using the mustache as a catalyst, Movember encourages men to invest in their own health by more openly talking about their health concerns and more proactively seeking necessary medical care.

This is important stuff!  Did you know that the WHO (World Health Organization) expects the number of prostate cancer cases to double to 1.7 million in less than 20 years?  

IVUmed experts provide education for treatment of common urological cancers such as bladder and prostate cancer all around the world.  

Go get checked, and if you need to, get treated.  In countries that IVUmed serves, these treatable conditions go undiagnosed and can cause untold suffering and death.  

You can help! 

Encourage your man to grow a mustache…unless you don’t like them.  If that’s the case, just encourage them to make an appointment and get a physical.  Women get mammograms – let’s get guys to take their health seriously too!

You can also make a donation to the life-saving work of IVUmed in honor of the man in your life.  Instead of new mustache wax for the holidays, make a gift to IVUmed in your guy’s name. 

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Go here for more information regarding the Movember movement.

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Resident Scholar Report: Zambia

Amanda Saltzman, MD
Louisiana State University/Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Lusaka, Zambia
September 26-October 5, 2014
Mentor: Dr. Francis Schneck
Sponsored By: Southeastern Section of the AUA

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Through the generous sponsorship provided by the Southeastern Section of the AUA, Amanda Saltzman, MD traveled to Lusaka, Zambia with mentor Francis Schneck, MD to assist during a pediatric urology workshop.  During her visit, Dr. Saltzman was able to provide much-needed urological care to 50 children.

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Reporting on her experience, Dr. Saltzman stated:

“We rounded on all the kids for the day in the morning.  There were immediately differences from America.  The first was the open wards and multiple kids per bed.  The shoes at the entry to the ward were also surprising.  Diapers are not supplied by the hospital and are the responsibility of the families, with many using rags or nothing as diapers.  There is an area called “high cost” where kids with insurance are housed. This area has more sheets and each kid has his/her own bed.

“I think our trip was a great success.  We had a great exchange of information with the Zambian urologists and they did a great job learning the reconstructive techniques.  The only disappointing thing about the week was that we had to turn away many kids and families that travelled from far away to seek our help.  However, we passed on our knowledge to the local urologists and they scheduled many of the distal hypospadias to be fixed the week after we left during their ‘jubilee.’

“This trip was my first international medical trip and will not be my last.  I had such a wonderful time meeting new people, seeing how to cope and work with less, appreciating the sophistication of the American medical system and working with such adorable children.  I felt like I helped more children and families during my week in Zambia than I have during my 3 years of residency so far.  The joy on the kids’ faces when they saw us and got toys everyday was priceless.  I can’t wait to go back, hopefully every year!”

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Urology Residents: Apply Now

Applications are now being accepted for our Traveling Resident Scholar program for the 2015-2016 academic year.  North American urology residents and fellows who will be PGY-3 or above during the next academic year are eligible to apply.  For applications, please visit http://www.ivumed.org/what-we-do/traveling-resident-scholars/ .  The deadline is February 1, 2015.  For more information, please contact our office at 801-524-0201.

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