Fostering International Collaborations: How Can We Become More Engaged?

12 May 2019

By Camila Guetter

Every day, universities and health centers across the globe lead independent successful initiatives in the field of medicine. These actions can often bring important changes to their community and sometimes even to their region. However, the truly large-scale changing actions are those that build on one another’s work, rather than duplicating efforts. Collaboration is what truly allows for the acceleration and development of shared knowledge and meaningful improvements in patient care across the globe.

Creating networks for peer-to-peer support is crucial, and so is inspiring global action. Connecting with someone across the globe has never been as easy and fast as it is now. In that sense, the Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS) has been a leading organization in various international collaborations. PTS itself is well-established in most countries across North, Central and South America, and representatives of many of those nations are found in leadership positions among the many society’s committees. In addition, PTS leads international telemedicine grand rounds weekly, facilitates multi-centric international research projects, and engages members in global surgery efforts.

Join the Association of Women Surgeons and the Panamerican Trauma Society, along with our moderators Drs. Tanya Zakrison (@tzakrison), Paula Ferrada (@pferrada1) and Gregory Peck (@DrGregoryPeck), for a tweetchat on May 20th at 8-9pm Eastern Time. In the chat we will discuss strategies on how to establish and maintain sustainable international collaborations in the clinical setting and in research.

To participate, follow @WomenSurgeons, @Panamtrauma and our moderators, and tag your tweets with the hashtag #AWSchat. If you haven’t participated in a tweetchat with us before, check out this tutorial written by Dr. Heather Yeo (@heatheryeomd) to learn more!

This will be AWS’s first multilingual tweetchat (English, Spanish and Portuguese)! We are looking forward to discussing with and learning from people across the globe! The tweetchat will run from 8 to 9pm EST as usual, but given time zone differences between participants, we encourage you to participate for the following 48 hours if you are not available to join at that specific time. The questions will be posted directly from the @WomenSurgeons twitter account and you can also find them following the hashtag #AWSchat.

We will be discussing the following questions in the tweetchat:
1. What are effective ways to engage in international collaborations in the clinical setting?
2. How can telemedicine contribute to fostering international collaborations in surgery?
3. How can a society/association promote international collaborations in research?
4. What is the role of international collaborations inside a society/association, and how can it be promoted in regional and national conferences?

Camila R. Guetter is a sixth year medical student at Universidade Federal do Paraná and is originally from Curitiba, Brazil. In her third year of medical school, she was awarded a one-year scholarship to study Biomedical Sciences at UCLA. During her time in Los Angeles, she worked as a research student at the UCLA Translational Oncology Research Laboratories studying pancreatic cancer cell lines, and since then research has become one of her main interests. She later worked as a research student at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, studying pancreatic surgery outcomes and patient education. She has also been a member of the Research and Education Committee of the Panamerican Trauma Society since 2017. Camila is passionate about pursuing a career in academic surgery and is very active in AWS. She is a member of the AWS Publications Committee and currently serves as the Medical Student Chair for the AWS Blog Committee and the Vice Chair for the AWS National Medical Student Committee. You can find her on twitter at @camila_guetter.


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