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Guatemalan residents get pediatric surgery and anesthesia training at Duke

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Henry Rice

Several faculty members at Duke are collaborating with the Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala City on a new clinical training initiative to improve the surgical care of children in Guatemala. In October, Gustavo Perez and Daniela Palencian, clinical residents at the Roosevelt Hospital, were the first visiting scholars in a new program for international trainees to rotate at Duke and University of North Carolina (UNC) hospitals to learn advanced pediatric surgical and anesthesia skills.

While in North Carolina, the visiting residents observed a wide range of advanced pediatric surgical and anesthesia procedures, teaching conferences, simulator sessions and clinical rounds. Their curriculum was designed to deepen their existing training; Perez is a general surgery resident and Palencian is an anesthesiology resident at Roosevelt Hospital. Their faculty partners include:

Henry Rice, chief of pediatric surgery at Duke and DGHI affiliate faculty member
Brad Taicher, assistant professor of anesthesiology at Duke
Sherry Ross, associate professor of pediatric urology at UNC

Longstanding pediatric surgery connection between Duke and Guatemala

Rice, Taicher and Ross have been traveling back and forth to Guatemala to improve pediatric surgery access since 2010. What began as a desire to increase the service and research base has evolved into an expanding educational partnership that aims to improve global surgical care. 

Since the Duke-Guatemala Pediatric Surgery and Urology program began, Duke has sent surgery and anesthesia residents to Guatemala for part of their training. This is the first time that Duke has been able to host the Guatemalan residents in return, and the exchange was designed to allow Guatemalan trainees access to similar experiences to augment their training. The month-long program was sponsored by California-based Mending Kids International, a non-government organization that has partnered with Duke for many years to support pediatric surgery in low and middle income countries.

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