Medical colleagues in developing countries are often geographically isolated from their peers. In many of the countries ReSurge serves, there are fewer than 10 plastic surgeons in the entire country. The shortage of professional colleagues means there are fewer opportunities for learning through professional consultation with peers.
ReSurge’s telementoring program alleviates this issue through the use of technology. In monthly videoconferences, Dr. George Gregory, the founder of the pediatric anesthesiology program at University of California, San Francisco, is training teams in Nicaragua, Vietnam and Nepal in safe anesthesia. Through curricular presentations and reviews of complex cases submitted by international medical partners, Dr. Gregory has advanced the practice of anesthesia in the hospitals where his trainees work.
ReSurge is in the process of expanding its use of telementoring and virtual grand rounds to other specialties, including surgery and nursing.