ReSurge is helping to create networks of humanitarian reconstructive surgeons and their teams who can collaborate and consult with one another on surgical cases, improving the quality of care for those in need across the globe. This network will also be leveraged to increase access to high-quality training for medical personnel in the developing world.
ReSurge Grand Rounds, a web-based program, connects isolated developing world surgeons and their teams with a global network of medical professionals for advice on difficult cases and to collaborate in the delivery of high-quality care to patients.
Physicians in the developing world post photos and case summaries of complicated cases online, and experienced ReSurge partners then log in and offer advice and insight into available surgical techniques and follow-up care.
Often our international partners in other developing countries offer the most practical and useful advice.
This supportive, collaborative environment is especially important to physicians operating in isolation. In many developing countries, there are fewer than 10 reconstructive plastic surgeons. Global networks provide professional peer support and encouragement, and connect doctors to other physicians who are similarly committed to caring for those with no other access to care.
As the ReSurge Global Training Program develops, these global networks of physicians will also become central to providing opportunities for reconstructive surgery trainees from the developing world to receive training in their region.