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Surgical Volunteerism as an Extension of Modern Hospital: Serving One Patient at Time and Building Bridges

  • Rifat LatifiEmail author
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Abstract

Surgical volunteer missions (SVMs) have become popular and are safe and valuable in lessening the burden of surgical disease globally when performed in an organized fashion and with continuity of care. However, there is need for standardization of surgical care provided during SVMs and creation of a worldwide database of all SVMs. Surgeons embarking on these missions must understand their intricacies, and operating is perhaps the easiest of the all tasks involved in SVMs. In this chapter, some outcomes and organizational issues of SVMs will be discussed.

Keywords

Surgical volunteer missions Operation Giving Back Developing countries Global health Medical geography General surgery Gynecology Telemedicine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York Medical College, School of Medicine, Department of Surgery and Westchester Medical CenterValhallaUSA

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