Due to the continued risks associated with traveling abroad during the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, PTS has made the difficult decision to put a moratorium on this program until further notice.
PTS International Observers have the opportunity to observe the different components of trauma and emergency systems at VCU Trauma Center, including VCU Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgical Services, Richmond Ambulance Authority, and the VCU Center for Trauma and Critical Care Education, and more.
At CTCCE the Observer has the opportunity to observe the various skills and personnel needed for program planning and management, curriculum development and program administration. The observer will learn about several different types of EMS systems in the commonwealth of Virginia including medical air services, and will ride with different rescue squads. They will also participate in the trauma and EMS Training Programs and continuing education programs conducted by CTCCE. The above skills and information is crucial for the organization and enhancement of EMS systems.
The participant will observe the Performance Improvement/Trauma Registry Coordinator who utilizes clinical expertise to abstract data, assign abbreviated injury scores and identify, report and follow up on quality issues. The PIP/Registry Coordinator also analyzes data and develops reports for statistics, research, and planning. The Observer will gain insight into the importance of the trauma registry as a tool for performance monitoring and continues quality improvement. The observer will learn the structure and operating processes of a Trauma Medical Audit Committee and the value of developing a peer review committee analysis of preventable pre-hospital and in-hospital factors contributing to trauma deaths.
In addition, the rotation can be focused on emergency and trauma ultrasound training under the leadership of Dr. Paula Ferrada, with emphasis on echocardiogram and FAST of critically ill patients.
The PTS International Observer and vascular and endovascular fellow, Andrés Fernando Domínguez-Calero, MD, traveled from Medellin, Colombia to observe trauma rotations at the VCU Health System in Richmond, VA in April. While observing at VCU Health System, Dr. Domínguez is under the mentorship of the VCU Trauma Center Director, Michel Aboutanos, MD and STICU Director, Paula Ferrada, MD.
Dr. Domínguez had the opportunity to present on the topic “Iatrogenic Aortic Trauma” at the weekly PTS International Trauma Grand Rounds, connecting with participants from India, São Paola, Baghad, Bangkok, Miami, and Portland. Grand Rounds Flyer
The PTS International Observers from Cuenca, Ecuador were interviewed in the local news channel while rotating at the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA). Both observers, recent medical graduates, gained invaluable experience and knowledge by working side by side with pre-hospital professionals at RAA and emergency and trauma surgeons from VCU Health System. The International Observership Program seeks to make a difference in influencing foreign medical professionals' views, perceptions and knowledge on the 4 components of comprehensive trauma systems: Pre-hospital care, Acute Care Facility care, Post-Hospital care, and Injury Prevention Education.
To see the news note: http://via.wtvr.com/Qyhi2
NOTE: This is for Observation only:
This program is strictly observational. A participant shall in no way be permitted to actively participate in patient care or direct contact, examination, research or other work during his/her observership.
Nancy Valencia, MSc.
International Systems Development Coordinator
Division of Acute Care Surgical Services
Department of Surgery
Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine
Richmond, VA 23298-0454