FEB 27 - FEB 28

International Humanitarian Aid Skills Course

Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge - Stanford, CA


Statement of Need

This CME workshop will help prepare the International Humanitarian Aid Volunteer to function in a low resource setting for treatment of common surgical problems. In developing countries, the surgical volunteer must truly be a “generalist”, able to handle an array of surgical conditions. This 1½ day course will provide an overview of the scope of conditions that one might encounter in resource limited environments. Through a variety of techniques including skill stations and simulation, participants will familiarize themselves with several relevant procedures, as well as the essential elements of surgical safety, ethics, and cultural considerations in such settings.

Specific skill areas that will be taught are orthopedic dislocations and fracture management with traction pins and external fixation, cesarean sections, post partum hemorrhage, burn management and hand cutting of skin grafts, emergency burr holes, hysterectomy, uterine evacuations, tendon repairs, tropical medicine for surgical diseases, and low resource anesthetic techniques.

Target Audience

This course will help prepare physicians or allied health professionals to participate in surgical procedures in low resource settings. The course will provide skills training in a number of basic surgical procedures, and is of interest to any health professional interested in humanitarian surgery. 

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate the procedural steps and recognize the pitfalls in basic procedures utilized in humanitarian aid missions including: fracture management, cesarean section, post-partum hemorrhage, treatment of tubal pregnancy, wound/burn management, skin grafts, emergent burr holes, hand injuries, orthopedic dislocations, tendon repairs, low resource anesthetic techniques, management of tropical surgical diseases, and intrauterine evacuation.
  • Evaluate the influence of resource factors on surgical decision making in low resource environments and tailor their practice to the specific setting.

A Continuing Medical Education Conference

Presented by the Center for Innovation in Global Health at the Stanford University School of Medicine

Conference Contact

CME Conference Coordinator, School of Medicine - Post Grad Med Education (CME)
(650) 724-2288

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