Clinical & Public Health Services

Surgery

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The surgery program at AMPATH is now completing the fourth year with a full-time Indiana University Faculty surgeon on the ground at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. Connie Keung, MD completed her surgical training at Columbia University and has a long record of significant engagement in global health projects around the world. She is providing capable leadership in Kenya as the surgery program focuses on two key goals over the next several months: 1) improving trauma and burn care and 2) enhancing the quality of surgical training.

The program's efforts to improve trauma care in the region, received a significant boost recently with the declaration of trauma as a distinct illness which assists efforts in developing a trauma registry with movement toward trauma verification. In addition, efforts to bring advanced trauma life support (ATLS) to Moi have made significant progress with all requisite steps now completed as required by the American College of Surgeons. Plans are now underway for the first Advance Trauma Life Support course to be offered at Moi to include those first responders to trauma.  Work continues with the Kenya Red Cross to enhance a transport system for injured patients within a 50-kilometer radius of the hospital. 

Dr. Keung leads efforts to improve the surgical training in the general surgery residency program with eight trainees in each year.  She has initiated daily morning report, which enhances the collaboration between nursing staff and surgeons in improving quality of care.  The surgery program is focused on improving surgical performance specifically in the areas of laparoscopic surgery, thyroid surgery, and breast surgery through planned "camps" with experts from the United States present over several days for coaching in improved operative care for these surgical problems.  Dr. Keung is also leading efforts to create evidence-based protocols for consistency of care around common surgical diagnoses.  We are increasing the interaction between United States' surgical trainees and trainees at MTRH with our RRC-approved residency rotation with residents from both Indiana University and Columbia University now doing one-month rotations.  Plans are now underway to create a joint teaching conference via satellite between residents at Indiana University and Moi.  The education of surgical trainees in the area of global health takes a step forward with the launch of the Global Surgery Fellowship, which will include a year in Kenya, conducting global health research in surgery. 

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  • $100 - Surgery, including hospital admission, tests, surgery, and post-operative care.

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