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Cameroon Trauma Registry

The objective of this opportunity is to build a trauma registry documenting demographics, injury context, clinical care, and outcomes for injured patients in six hospitals across Cameroon. Though trauma kills more people annually then HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined, limited data exists to guide evidence-based injury prevention and trauma care improvement strategy in low-resource settings. In Cameroon, registry data will be used to identify injury prevention and trauma care treatment priorities for potential interventions. There are opportunities for students and residents to implement the trauma registry in hospitals, collect and analyze data, conduct follow-up surveys of trauma patients to investigate care-seeking behavior, and conduct follow-up surveys of trauma patients to assess consequences of trauma, including disability and economic effects. Projects may range from short-term (2-3 months) to longer term (6 months to 1 year). Proficiency in French is preferred.

Name of Organization: Ministry of Health of Cameroon, UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies

Location of Organization: Yaoundé, Cameroon + additional hospital sites

Trauma Life Support Training

While there is a growing burden of injury in low- and middle-income countries, there are limited resources available to medical students and physicians in low-resource settings to learn skills in context specific trauma life support. Research opportunities focused on quality improvement and assessment of long-term outcomes exist surrounding the ongoing trauma life support training course conducted four times per year at Mulago Hospital.

Name of Organization:  Department of Surgery, Makerere University, Mulago Hospital

Location of Organization: Kampala, Uganda

Implementing a Trauma Registry at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital

The goal of this ongoing project is to build a trauma registry at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital documenting demographics, injury context, clinical care, and outcomes for injured patients relevant to the regional context. Though trauma kills more people annually then HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined, limited data exists to guide evidence-based injury prevention and trauma care improvement strategy in low-resource settings. In Soroti, registry data will be used to identify injury prevention and trauma care treatment priorities for potential interventions. There are opportunities for students and residents to design and implement the trauma registry, collect and analyze data, and conduct follow-up surveys of trauma patients.

Name of Organization: Soroti Regional Referral Hospital/Uganda Ministry of Health, UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies

Location of Organization: Soroti, Uganda

Implementing a Comprehensive Registry of Surgical Disease and Operative Management in a Low-Resource Setting

The goal of this ongoing project is to build a surgical registry at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital documenting demographics, diagnosis, clinical care, and outcomes for surgical disease relevant to the regional context. Though surgery is now recognized as a public health issue, limited data exists to guide quality improvement programs in low-resource settings. In Soroti, registry data will be used to characterize volume and the current clinical practice in surgical care. This registry can provide a roadmap for starting quality improvement programming and justify the need for increased resources for surgical care.  There are opportunities for students and residents to design and implement the registry, collect and analyze data, and conduct follow-up surveys.

Name of Organization: Soroti Regional Referral Hospital/Uganda Ministry of Health, UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies

Location of Organization: Soroti, Uganda

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