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AUA-CAU Visiting Scholar Program 2006


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AUA-CAU Visiting Scholar Program 2006

  1. 1. AUA-CAU Visiting Scholar Program 2006 Alessandro Tavares, M.D. São Paulo, Brazil Toronto, Ontario
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>The ABC Medical School provides one of the top-5 best Urology Residency trainings in Brazil. </li></ul><ul><li>Had finished my Urology traning at the ABC Medical School but still needed to get new horizons into the Pediatric Urology , my main interest inside the Urology. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently very few high-volume centers of Pediatric Urology in Brazil and very little funds to help people study overseas </li></ul>
  3. 3. Objectives <ul><li>To visit a high-volume referral center in Pediatric Urology overseas </li></ul><ul><li>To be in contact with leading professionals in the field </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>To improve skills for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>care of pediatric urologic patients </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication in English </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Methods <ul><li>AUA Visiting Scholar Program </li></ul><ul><li>3 months @ North America, </li></ul><ul><li>3 months @ South America : integration with other Latin America Centers </li></ul><ul><li>As a AUA scholar, it was very easy to be accepted for a rotation at the most important Institutions in North and South America. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Hospital for Sick Children- Toronto <ul><li>Aug- Sept- Oct 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Staff: Dr Anthoine Khoury, Dr Joao Luis Pippi-Salle, Dr Darius Bagli and Dr Walid Farhat </li></ul><ul><li>The SickKids is a huge Referral Center for Reconstructive Surgery, Hypospadias repair and minimally-invasive surgery in Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>Tickets, Housing and Stipend provided by the AUA </li></ul>Housing, 10 min from the Hospital SickKids Hospital, Toronto
  6. 6. Results: Highlights <ul><ul><li>Average 12 periods at the OR per week (sometimes 2 or 3 simultaneous OR!): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>could see almost all pediatric urology procedure, from orchidopexies to bladder exstrophy management. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinics: 5-6 times a week, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Multidisciplinary Clinics : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Disorders of Sexual Development (once a month) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Antenatal Hydronephrosis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research meetings : weekly, very insightful, gave me lots of ideas and taught me a lot about how to produce and to analyse a scientific paper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inside view of Sickkids Hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humanized care of the pediatric patient </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Highlights: Course on Laparoscopy in Pediatric Urology <ul><li>HSC, October 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>I was invied to join as a participant and as an instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on : black box laparoscopic exercises and live surgeries in pig models </li></ul><ul><li>Helped as an instructor for the medical students of the University of Toronto </li></ul>University of Toronto, located in downtown Toronto
  8. 8. AAP Meeting, Atlanta, GA <ul><li>Attended the 2006 American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) meeting, section on Urology, sponsored by the AUA. </li></ul><ul><li>Great meeting!! </li></ul><ul><li>The same room fits all the most important Pediatric Urologists of America and Europe </li></ul><ul><li>All major papers on Pediatric Urology are being presented at the Plenary Session, at the same room </li></ul><ul><li>For me, a MUST SEE event from now on! </li></ul>Dinner for staff and former Fellows of the SickKids at Atlanta I felt very honoured to be invited to this dinner
  9. 9. University of Toronto Urology Update Course <ul><li>October 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Was my last activity at Toronto </li></ul><ul><li>High-quality event, excellent lectures </li></ul>HSC Staff, Fellows, AUA Scholar and Dr Anthony Atala
  10. 10. Santiago, Chile <ul><li>3 month rotation (Nov-Dec-Jan) </li></ul><ul><li>Also a high volume center in Pediatric Urology </li></ul><ul><li>Helped me grow up further into the Pediatric Urology </li></ul><ul><li>Economic conditions closer to the ones in Brazil, and the solutions found by the Chilean doctors for some problems will help me a lot at my work in my country </li></ul>
  11. 11. Santiago - Highlights <ul><li>Communitary work at a small town (Curico) </li></ul><ul><li>the team from Santiago spent the weekend there and treated 10 children from the town </li></ul><ul><li>Very rewarding, both the people and the doctors from Curico were very thankful and were awesome as hosts. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Back to Brazil <ul><li>I was hired as staff at the Urology Department of he ABC Medical School </li></ul><ul><li>Work at a new public Hospital, which is the main Referral Center for 7 cities in the Great Sao Paulo metropolitan area (this is a industrial region with around 3 million people) </li></ul><ul><li>Currently involved with medical assistance , but also with teaching (medical students, junior and senior residents) and research (clinical and experimental) </li></ul><ul><li>Hope to difuse the knowledge and vision of the world I acquired during my AUA visiting Scholar Program </li></ul>Santo Andre State Hospital, Brazil
  13. 13. Conclusions <ul><li>Thank you and congratulations to the AUA for the initiative of providing this scholarship to Latin America, in colaboration with the CAU ; </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits experienced after the Scholar Program include improved care of patients and teaching of young doctors, but also, not less important, passion and enthusiasm in performing my work and sharing experience and ideas with others. I strongly believe that the good things I experienced during my 6 months abroad can be multiplied through my contact with others and that this can make us improve health and quality of life in Latin America. </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe the most important thing that studying abroad can provide are the friends that we make. I’m sure that these will last for a long time and that we will be working together in the the same direction trying to do a good job! </li></ul>