September 17, 2012
Russell Papineau, Program Coordinator
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As usual, the first day of screening was a bit hectic, as the team acclimates to working in a new environment, all 3 surgeries were successful and without complication.
After the mock code, the director of the Plastic Surgery Department at Assiut University, Dr. Assem said that he was very impressed by the practice and asked us to do it twice more this week so that he could invite medical professionals from other departments to observe, hoping that it would become routine practice in their hospital. We gladly added it to the schedule.
Today also marked the first time their recovery room, several years old, had ever been used. The team identified a site specific goal of introducing and teaching Operation Smile recovery room practice to the hospital, with the hopes that they adopt this practice for all surgical departments. Dr. Makboul and Dr. Assem were very pleased with the education that they witnessed and anticipate throughout the rest of the program. We were able to take the names and specialties of all of the participants and observers in the program (participants being present every day of the rotation, two per specialty, and observers being those who come to observe on a rotating schedule throughout the rotation).
Throughout the day more patients also arrived and we were able to screen 6 and add 5 to the schedule, bringing the surgery schedule patient total to 29. During the day, after being immersed in the hospitals style and methods of operating, each trainer was able to take notes on the strengths and opportunities for improvement in each specialty and develop a plan for clinical education and lectures throughout the rotation.
At the end of the day we all convened and put together a comprehensive schedule that includes a surgery-light/lecture-heavy first week, and purely clinical second week of training, with the idea that trainees would be able to put to work the concepts presented to them in the first week during the second week. All team members agreed that this seemed like a logical and comprehensive plan of action.
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