I have previously built connections with surgeons (attendings and trainees) at Hospital 175 in Ho Chi Minh City. We will return to continue this relationship, continue teaching, and continue our research endeavors. This partnership aims not only to provide surgical care to patients of Vietnam but to strengthen the capacity of the community served by Hospital 175.
The population served by Hospital 175 will benefit. Although the hospital is in Ho Chi Minh City, patients come from across the country to receive care at Hospital 175. We will work closely with local surgeons (attendings, trainees) as well as staff who will take the skills and knowledge learned from didactic and hands on teaching back to their communities to leverage our impact.
The expected impact is great. As we are not only operating but also teaching and building capacity (education, research infrastructure, partnerships), this trip may demonstrate a much more broad impact than solely a surgical trip. We aim to help the community at Hospital 175 ask and answer research questions that improve the health of their own community.
We taught and learned from about 15-20 surgeons in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. We conducted case conference and discussed difficult cases. We operated on patients as well and taught surgeons in the operating room.