(Philadelphia, PA)- The Hospital of the
University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is ready for a very traumatic
visit. In conjunction with Sweden’s Linkoping University’s
Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology, HUP will be hosting
four sets of four general surgeons, who will each get a two-week
course in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at one of the country’s
Sweden they see some blunt force trauma, but very few penetrating
injuries,” said Benjamin Braslow, MD, Director
of the International Program for the Division of Trauma and Critical
The Swedish surgical teams are here as visitors, not physicians.
They will observe in the Operating Room and Trauma Bay and learn
different techniques. “The training they receive will be invaluable.
These General Surgeons may eventually go off to war and have no
actual training on penetrating injuries,” explained Donald
Kauder, MD, Vice Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical
Care. “They come here to learn because of our reputation as
a Trauma Center. HUP has a good blend of patient volume and the
outstanding teaching facilities that an intense training course
like this requires.”
Upon completion of their stay, each member of the Swedish Team
will have accumulated a series of cases worthy of further study.
“Between the observation and the case reports they will have
a much better understanding just in case they are ever presented
with something similar,” added Braslow. “It’s
a natural part of what we do so we are more than happy to help.”
The program’s roots date from 1998. That year, the Swedish
government saw the need to further educate the country’s surgeons
in the area of trauma care. HUP began sending its doctors there
for one week in November to give lectures, go over lab work, and
to present an overview of various trauma scenarios. Over time, the
Swedish surgeons arranged to visit HUP in order to get first-hand
experience in dealing with major trauma cases.
Similar programs including surgeons from Portugal and Argentina
are under consideration.
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