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Bethune Round Table Conference 2014

The 14th Bethune Round Table conference in Hamilton attracted 150 participants from 17 countries representing 49 organizations including universities, professional societies and NGOs. The conference theme “Improving Global Outcomes Through Safer Surgery” was addressed by 5 keynote speakers, 27 podium presentations and 21 poster presentations. The high quality of the presentations, the rich discussion and opportunities for networking, and the friendships nurtured will support the ongoing collaborations of Canadian surgeons, anesthetists and obstetricians with colleagues working to improve surgical care in low-resource settings. Post-conference courses were fully subscribed, including the CNIS Trauma Team Training Instructor Course, Regional Blocks for Trauma course, and a Getting Started in Health Research course. The BRT will be held in Calgary in 2015, and Halifax in 2016.

Thanks to everyone who attended and to everyone who worked so hard to make the 2014 BRT a smashing success!

Brian Cameron
Chair, BRT2014

BRT 2014

Keynote Speakers

Dr. OrbinskiDr. James Orbinski OC
Research Chair in Global Health at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Professor of Medicine at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Toronto, Co-Founder/Scientific Advisor to Dignitas International

Dr. Mitchell-AmataDr. Vivienne Mitchell-Amata
Specialist Medical Officer, Scarborough General Hospital and Chair, Medical Council of Guyana

Ms. Di RuggieroMs. Erica Di Ruggiero
Associate Director of the Institute of Population and Public Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Dr. ChamberlainDr. Jean Chamberlain Froese
Executive Director - Save the Mothers
Associate Professor and Director of the International Women's Health Program, McMaster University

Dr. Leland AlbrightDr. Leland Albright
Pediatric Neurosurgeon, BethanyKids at Kijabe Hospital, Kenya and former Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

Travel scholarships have been awarded to presenters from Botswana, D.R.Congo, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.

Podium Presentations

Dr. Mogilevkina1. Dr. Iryna Mogilevkina, Donetsk National Medical University, Ukraine.

Dr. Jani2. Dr. Pankaj Jani, University of Nairobi, Kenya. COSECSA, Achievements and Challenges in Improving Global Surgery

Dr. Aboutanos3. Dr. Aboutanos, Virginia Commonwealth
University Medical Center, Richmond, Va. Trauma Systems in Central/South America

Dr. Bedada4. Dr. Alemayehu Bedada, Princess Marina Hospital,
Gaborone, Botswana.
Establishing a Laparoscopic Program

Dr. Ajuzieogu5. Dr. Obinna Ajuzieogu, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. Reducing Maternal Deaths from Postpartum Hemorrhage in Nigeria

Dr. Nasir6. Dr. Abdulrasheed Nasir, University of Ilorin/University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, Nigeria-India Collaboration in Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Muchemwa7. Dr. Faith Muchemwa, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe. Factors Hindering Women in Surgery

Dr. Bekele8. Dr. Abebe Bekele, Addis Ababa University,
Ethiopia. Inadequate Hepatitis B Vaccination

Dr. Hampus Holmer9. Mr. Hampus Holmer, Harvard Medical School, USA. Meta-Analysis of Global Met Need for Obstetric Care

Dr. Allen Ingabire10. Dr. Jean de la Croix Allen Ingabire, University of Rwanda, Surgery Department. Rwanda Trauma Quality Indicators

Dr. Swaroop13. Dr. Mamta Swaroop, Northwestern University, USA. Trauma First Responders Course in Bolivia

Dr. Ogundele14. Dr. Joshua Ogundele, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. Outcomes of Ankle Fractures

Dr. Ajiko15. Dr. Mary Margaret Ajiko, Soroti Regional Referral Hospital (SRRH), Uganda. Surgical Complications of Diabetes

Mr. Charles Bush16. Mr. Charles Bush, Program in Global Surgery and Social Change - Boston, Mass. Surgical Safety Checklist in Rwanda

Dr. Ajuzieogu17. Dr. Obinna Ajuzieogu, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria. Reducing Critical Incidents in Neonatal Anesthesia

Dr. Malemo18. Dr. Luc Malemo, HEAL Hospital, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia

Julia Pemberton19. Mrs. Julia Pemberton, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. Burden of Congenital Anomalies in Kenya

Dr. Livingston20. Dr. Michael Livingston, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. Scoping Review of Pediatric Surgery Outcomes

Mr. Nagengast21. Mr. Eric Nagengast, Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Boston, Mass. Comprehensive Cleft Care Center

Teresa Skelton22. Dr. Teresa Skelton, University of Toronto,
Canada. Low Fidelity Simulation for Nontechnical Skills Study

23. Mr. Etienne Nsereko, University of Rwanda, Rwanda. Lifebox Distribution and Teaching

Dr. Razek24. Dr. Tarek Razek, McGill University Health
Centre, Canada. Evidence Based Disaster Response

25. Ms. Berit Hackenberg, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women´s Hospital, Mass. Cost-effectiveness of Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery

Dr. Twagirumugabe26. Dr. Theogene Twagirumugabe, University of Rwanda, Rwanda. Prospective Analysis of Postop Complications

27. Dr. Alex Elobu, Mulago Hospital, Mulago, Uganda. Conduct and Dissemination of MMed Dissertations

Think Tank: Building Sustainability in
Canadian Global Surgery

  1. Dr. LivingstonDr. Patty Livingston, Anesthesiologist, Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society International Education
    Foundation - CASIEF). Building institutional capacity

  2. Dr. RazekDr. Tarek Razek, Board Chair, Surgeon (Canadian Network for International Surgery - CNIS).
    How do we collaborate better in Canada?

  3. Dr. Neufeld Dr. Vic Neufeld, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University Canadian Coalition for Global Health
    Research (CCGHR). Resources and surgical research opportunities

Accreditation Statement

The BRT 2014 is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by McMaster University, Continuing Health Sciences Education Program for up to 20.5 MOC Section 1 credits. Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.



For more information on the 2014 BRT, please contact one of the following individuals at the McMaster ISD

Helena Collins, Conference Coordinator

Dr. Brian Cameron, Conference Chair
Phone: 905-521-2100 Ext. 75231


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