For the last 28 years, our Department has partnered in an international exchange with Nicaragua. This program is the longest standing within our Department. This twice a year international exchange focuses primarily on education cooperation, using longitudinal methods, following their same patients in Nicaragua. In the early 90s, a local surgeon, name Gustavo Pertasio expressed interest in the partnership for plastic surgery training. For the last 28 years, Gustavo has selected one resident every 3 years to be involved in this global health partnership. The UW sends several residents to Nicaragua for a 10-day rotation, where the residents and faculty in Nicaragua and UW has a mutual exchange of education, health systems, and surgical practices. This 10-day international elective is built into each resident’s curriculum.
Once every three years, a Nicaraguan resident is invited to Madison to shadow residents, learn about our health system and culture, and participate in a microsurgery course and workshops. Members of the Division of Plastic Surgery also sponsor live weekly online plastic surgery grand rounds, a lecture series about their work in Nicaragua and Ecuador.
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Dr. Samuel Poore
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