Category – Medicine
What joy for family members to serve together in meaningful work! REI's February-March ENT specialty medical team had several prime examples.
Three REI gastroenterologists conducted a major workshop for about sixty like specialists from the southern region last October. It was well organized and hosted by the University Medical Center (UMC) in Ho Chi Minh City and fabulously supported by the FujiFilm company. Much more ceremony and hoopla than we're used to, but it was well done and very effective!
You know our visiting and resident professionals are adding a lot to their Vietnamese counterparts’ professional knowledge, skill and other expertise. But that’s only half of the story!
Based on his conversation with the neurosurgeon, Dr. Brent Senior knew the patient sitting before him suffered from a non-hormone-producing tumor lodged at the base of the skull. The man endured not only extreme headaches, but as the tumor continued to grow and press against the optic nerve his vision was also fading. Surgical removal of the mass was the only option.
Senior, Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery and Chief of the UNC School of Medicine Division of Rhinology, Allergy and Sinus Surgery, has successfully completed similar procedures in his operating room in Chapel Hill with a neurosurgeon at his side. But he wasn't in Chapel Hill. He was in Vietnam, and the local neurosurgeon wasn't going to scrub in.
REI sends two types of people overseas: resident professionals, who live and work in an emerging nation long-term, and visiting professionals, who spend a few weeks in a country volunteering their skills and knowledge in their various fields to local professionals.
Dr. Dick Baerg led a team of six medical doctors (two each in gastroenterology, cardiology and pulmonology/critical care) to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Oct 15-28. They worked primarily in two hospitals in each city. The gastroenterologists were returning to GI departments well-connected. One cardiologist was returning too, but the others on the team were first-timers.