Our international partners have ongoing access to continuing education,
peer collaboration and medical oversight thanks to ReSurge International’s innovative and
advanced use of the latest available technology.
ReSurge Grand Rounds (RGR) is a web-based program that connects
isolated developing world surgeons and anesthesiologists with a global network of medical professionals for advice on difficult cases
and to collaborate in the delivery of high-quality care to poor patients. Using
RGR, physicians in the developing world post photos and case summaries
of complicated cases online. 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.
RGR’s supportive, collaborative environment is especially important to physicians
operating in isolation. In many developing countries, there are
fewer than 10 reconstructive plastic surgeons. Additionally, political and social
unrest plague many countries and isolate the doctors further. RGR provides
professional peer support and encouragement, and connects doctors to other
physicians who are similarly committed to caring for those with no other
access to care.
Technology for Teaching
Additional training resources are offered through ReSurge’s Online Teaching
Library. We also have CD-ROM educational tools and partner with Global-
HELP, which is committed to distributing affordable health education
materials. All these tools provide critical information for our team members
around the world, and include the latest medical abstracts, books and presentations
for anesthesia, surgery, pediatrics and nursing.
Technology for Quality Control
ReSurge’s advanced use of technology also allows for remote quality control.
ReSurge’s chief medical officer and a team of expert surgeons systematically
review all cases performed through our 11 Surgical Outreach Programs. Our
international medical partners upload detailed cases histories, accompanied
by photographs of the procedures, on a secure web-based form. Our burn
and cleft outreach databases provide rich sources of data and an online
quality improvement process that help assure uniformly high standards of
care. Additionally, team trip volunteers use personal data assistants (PDAs) to
record patient chart information, which provides important statistical data that
can be used to assess ReSurge’s ongoing impact.