Interactive sessions

On the job training
Matthijs Botman (grote zaal - Blue)
Peter Don Griot (kapel - Red)
Eva Stortelder (studio - Yellow)

Doctors of the World | Arianne de Jong
CapaCare | Hakon Bolkan
Interplast Netherlands | Rutger van Leersum

For many decades, surgeons from Western countries have been sent on humanitarian missions to provide surgical care in low and middle-income countries. Surgical care was not a priority in international health strategies of leading organizations like the WHO. Within the global health community, the surgical missions were seen as 'parachute missions'. Teams flew in, they performed operations and then they left. Patients were treated but there was no structured organization of surgical care in between the missions and knowledge transfer to support local health workers was rare. It was difficult to play a role in local training programs simply because these programs did not exist. Since the emerging global surgery movement started a few years ago, there is more demand for structured training initiatives to train local people to provide surgical care. How do NGO’s organizing surgical missions experience these changes? Is there still a role for foreign surgeons to go ‘on a mission’? And if so: How can a ‘short term medical mission’ be effective in training local staff?


Off the job training
Jurre van Kesteren (kapel - Red)
Jaap Bonjer (studio - Yellow)
Mark-Bram Bouman (grote zaal - Blue)

Medical Learning Experience | Omar Hertgers
Touch Surgery | Jean Nehme
Incision Academy | Marian Scheer

The master-apprentice relationship as the cornerstone of the training medical specialists has had its day. The training for medical specialists takes a long time, is costly and little use is made of innovative learning methods. Video assisted learning is just beginning to make an entry into high income countries, but what about the tropics. In English it is called leapfrogging; to skip certain gradual changes in order to apply the latest innovations directly, for example to train medical specialists. How can we use medical technology in low-income countries and how can the Dutch health care benefit from this. Win-win situation or utopia that medical technology can replace that old master?

Personal Stories
Roos Marck (studio - Yellow)
Rinse Meester (grote zaal - Blue)
Marije Gordinou (kapel - Red)

Surgeon Tanzania | Sr. Avelina
Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Ethiopia | dr Eriksen
Global Health Doctor | dr Gresnigt

How are health workers trained to provide safe surgical care in low resource settings? The speakers of this session are (or have been) working in 'low income countries' for a longer period of time and each of them has his/her specific experience with training in surgical skills. Both with long-term (specialists) training and with short-term missions focused on specific surgical conditions. What are their experiences with foreign training initiatives? What does work and what does not work?