I joined the Trauma Unit at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesberg Academic Hospital at a volunteer faculty surgeon for a few weeks last month. It was my first time in South Africa although I had worked and travelled in Uganda and Mozambique before.
I chose to spend some time at this particular hospital for several reasons. This hospital and it's sister facility (Baragwanath Hospital) are world renown as high volume trauma centers and have produced many international leaders in trauma care such as Dr. Demetriades (Chief of Trauma at LA County/USC Hospitals) and Dr. Velmahos (Chief of Trauma at MGH), among others. As such, these two facilities draw visiting faculty, trainees and medical students from around the world. As a Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Fellow at the Brigham, I was drawn to visit, observe and participate in these settings which trained some of the most remarkable surgeons in my field.
Bedside in the Trauma ICU