Inaugural Tropical Surgery, Obstetrics, and Gynecology CME Conference

“The course is a testament to the leadership and innovation of our residents, supported by our faculty, in our servant-leadership model,”
-Todd K. Rosengart, M.D., professor and chair for the Department of Surgery.

The National School of Tropical Medicine, the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology held the inaugural Tropical Surgery, Obstetrics, and Gynecology CME Conference. The conference took place Sept. 10-15, 2018 in the at Baylor College of Medicine Simulation Center, provided cultural understanding, and prepare practicing surgeons for common surgical conditions that occur in remote and limited resource settings. Through presentations by various faculty members and hands-on simulation laboratory sessions, the conference participants learned different techniques for surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, urology, orthopedics, and neurosurgery employed in limited resource settings.

Several participants, from both local and institutions around the nation, received certificates of completion from the National School of Tropical Medicine and some went on to obtain diplomas in Tropical Surgery, Obstetrics, and Gynecology – the first of their kind in the country.

Global Surgery Fellow Rachel W. Davis, M.D., Jeffrey Wilkinson, M.D., professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Laila E. Woc-Colburn, M.D., DTM&H, associate professor and director of Medical Education for the National School of Tropical Medicine, developed the course based on 44 surgical procedures as described by the Disease Control Priorities Network (DCP3).  As part of her general surgery training at Baylor, Dr. Davis has led the way in surgical global initiatives, including the creation of the Global Surgery Track, a collaborative effort between the Departments of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, and Urology—another first of its kind.

“The new Tropical Surgery, Obstetrics, and Gynecology course brings a new dimension to our National School of Tropical Medicine by recognizing the important contribution of surgeons and obstetricians-gynecologists to the global health landscape,” says Peter Hotez M.D., Ph.D., professor and dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “Creating this new course, puts into educational practice the important findings and recommendations of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.”