ENT & OPHTHALMOLOGY RESIDENCY COLLABORATION
In March 2013, representatives from the Mass Eye and Ear Departments of ENT and Ophthalmology traveled to Mbarara, Uganda to continue and further explore developing partnerships with the Faculty of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).
Drs. Dean Cestari, Shizuo Mukai, and Cynthia Qian met with the Faculty of Ophthalmology to begin a dialogue for a potential collaboration. While there, Drs. Mukai and Qian gave directed lectures and hands-on demonstrations of the applications of smartphone technology to enhancing ophthalmic care delivery, expanding access to easily accessible educational resources, and providing a cost-effective alternative to traditional fundus ophthalmology. Before departing, Dr. Shizuo Mukai gifted an iPhone to the Department to support continued use in clinical activities. Read more.
Dr. Eric Holbrook led the second faculty visit to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) in southwestern Uganda, focusing on improving competency in Rhinology/Sinus Surgery. Over the course of a week, Dr. Holbrook worked with the ENT residents, overseeing improvements in clinical diagnostic capabilities, giving didactic lectures, and teaching Rhinology-concentrated surgical skills. Read more.
PILOT ENT RESIDENCY COLLABORATION
Augmenting Residency Training in Uganda
In November, Drs. Ramon Franco (Laryngology) and Paul Paddle (Laryngology) led the first faculty visit to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) in southwestern Uganda, as part of the Office of Global Surgery and Health’s partnership with the Faculty of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). Over the course of two weeks, Drs. Ramon Franco and Paul Paddle worked with the residents, overseeing improvements in clinical diagnostic capabilities, giving didactic lectures, and leading the local residents in performing two total laryngectomies, the first to be done outside of the capital. Drs. Franco and Paddle feel that this concentrated teaching experience will have a profound impact on the level of care provided here on out, a sentiment echoed by the residents, who have gone on to introduce these new clinical skills into their regular practice. Through teleradiology, Dr. Mary Beth Cunnane was able to consult on CT scans during the visit as well as converse with the local radiologist. Read more.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ESTHER NAKASAGGA, FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE CURING KIDS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP TO SUPPORT UGANDAN RESIDENT EDUCATION
The OGSH has recently received support from the Curing Kids Foundation to establish a scholarship to support ENT Residents in Mbarara, Uganda for the duration of their training. Currently, residents in Mbarara are not paid not for their services and must also pay for tuition during their residencies. This scholarship is an opportunity to directly impact the current program and increase current ENT clinical and surgical capacity in Mbarara.
Esther Nakasagga will join the ENT program in Mbarara September 2013 and is scheduled to graduate in April of 2016.
MASS. EYE AND EAR OPENS OFFICE OF GLOBAL SURGERY
More than 100 guests gathered to celebrate an announcement that will soon impact thousands around the world as Mass. Eye and Ear hosted a reception to announce the opening of its Office of Global Surgery and Public Health on June 5. The Office of Global Surgery and Public Health was made possible through the generosity of Carmella Kletjian, who established the Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Endowed Chair in Global Surgery. Dr. Mack Cheney is the first incumbent of the Kletjian chair. Ms. Kletjian has a special connection to Mass. Eye and Ear; she is a nurse and worked as a CRNA at the hospital in the past. The afternoon included comments from Dr. Cheney and Dr. Roberto Pineda, a moving poem from Dr. Tessa Hadlock and remarks from Chief of Ophthalmology Dr. Joan Miller. “This is the first-ever Mass. Eye and Ear-based Chair and the first Chair in Global Surgery at an academic medical institution,” said Dr. Miller. “With this gift as a cornerstone, we are proud to be launching the Office of Global Surgery and Public Health. Funding from endowed chairs is what enables our gifted physicians to pursue some of the most innovative clinical initiatives and transformational research,” she said.
Above: The first incumbent of the Kletjian Chair in Global Surgery and Public Health, Dr. Mack Cheney, enjoys the reception.
Below: Dr. Cheney and (l to r) Dr. Paul Farmer and Cassia van der Hoofholstein (Partners in Health), and Wendy Williams (Office of Global Surgery and Public Health)
Above: Dr. Tessa Hadlock, Chief of Ophthalmology Dr. Joan Miller, donor Carmella Kletjian, whose generous gift made the Office of Global Surgery and Public Health possible, and Dr. Mike McKenna.
Below: Dr. Miller chats with Dr. McKenna and Dr. Rich Gliklich.