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Bethune Round Table 2014


The 14th Bethune Round Table conference in Hamilton attracted 150 participants from 17 countries representing 49 organizations including universities, professional societies and NGOs. The conference theme “Improving Global Outcomes Through Safer Surgery” was addressed by 5 keynote speakers, 27 podium presentations and 21 poster presentations. The high quality of the presentations, the rich discussion and opportunities for networking, and the friendships nurtured will support the ongoing collaborations of Canadian surgeons, anesthetists and obstetricians with colleagues working to improve surgical care in low-resource settings. Post-conference courses were fully subscribed, including the CNIS Trauma Team Training Instructor Course, Regional Blocks for Trauma course, and a Getting Started in Health Research course. The BRT will be held in Calgary in 2015, and Halifax in 2016.

Thanks to everyone who attended and to everyone who worked so hard to make the 2014 BRT a smashing success!

Brian Cameron
Chair, BRT2014

Keynote Speakers

Dr. James Orbinski OC
Research Chair in Global Health at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Professor of Medicine at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Toronto, Co-Founder/Scientific Advisor to Dignitas International.

Dr. Vivienne Mitchell-Amata
Specialist Medical Officer, Scarborough General Hospital and Chair, Medical Council of Guyana

Ms. Erica Di Ruggiero
Associate Director of the Institute of Population and Public Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese
Executive Director - Save the Mothers
Associate Professor and Director of the International Women's Health Program, McMaster University

Dr. Leland Albright
Pediatric Neurosurgeon, BethanyKids at Kijabe Hospital, Kenya and former Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

Travel scholarships have been awarded to presenters from Botswana, D.R.Congo, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.

Podium Presentations

1. Dr. Iryna Mogilevkina, Donetsk National Medical University, Ukraine. 

2. Dr. Pankaj Jani, University of Nairobi, Kenya. COSECSA, Achievements and Challenges in Improving Global Surgery

3. Dr. Aboutanos, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, Va. Trauma Systems in Central/South America

4. Dr. Alemayehu Bedada, Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana. Establishing a Laparoscopic Program

5. Dr. Obinna Ajuzieogu, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. Reducing Maternal Deaths from Postpartum Hemorrhage in Nigeria

6. Dr. Abdulrasheed Nasir, University of Ilorin/University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, Nigeria-India Collaboration in Pediatric Surgery

7. Dr. Faith Muchemwa, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe. Factors Hindering Women in Surgery

8. Dr. Abebe Bekele, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Inadequate Hepatitis B Vaccination

9. Mr. Hampus Holmer, Harvard Medical School, USA. Meta-Analysis of Global Met Need for Obstetric Care

10. Dr. Jean de la Croix Allen Ingabire, University of Rwanda, Surgery Department. Rwanda Trauma Quality Indicators

13. Dr. Mamta Swaroop, Northwestern University, USA. Trauma First Responders Course in Bolivia

14. Dr. Joshua Ogundele, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. Outcomes of Ankle Fractures

15. Dr. Mary Margaret Ajiko, Soroti Regional Referral Hospital (SRRH), Uganda. Surgical Complications of Diabetes

16. Mr. Charles Bush, Program in Global Surgery and Social Change - Boston, Mass. Surgical Safety Checklist in Rwanda

17. Dr. Obinna Ajuzieogu, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria. Reducing Critical Incidents in Neonatal Anesthesia

18. Dr. Luc Malemo, HEAL Hospital, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia

19. Mrs. Julia Pemberton, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. Burden of Congenital Anomalies in Kenya

20. Dr. Michael Livingston, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. Scoping Review of Pediatric Surgery Outcomes

21. Mr. Eric Nagengast, Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Boston, Mass. Comprehensive Cleft Care Center

22. Dr. Teresa Skelton, University of Toronto, Canada. Low Fidelity Simulation for Nontechnical Skills Study

23. Mr. Etienne Nsereko, University of Rwanda, Rwanda. Lifebox Distribution and Teaching

24. Dr. Tarek Razek, McGill University Health
Centre, Canada. Evidence Based Disaster Response

25. Ms. Berit Hackenberg, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Mass. Cost-effectiveness of Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery

26. Dr. Theogene Twagirumugabe, University of Rwanda, Rwanda. Prospective Analysis of Postop Complications

27. Dr. Alex Elobu, Mulago Hospital, Mulago, Uganda. Conduct and Dissemination of MMed Dissertations

Think Tank: Building Sustainability in Canadian Global Surgery

  1. Dr. Patty Livingston, Anesthesiologist, Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society International EducationFoundation - CASIEF). Building institutional capacity

  2. Dr. Tarek Razek, Board Chair, Surgeon (Canadian Network for International Surgery - CNIS). How do we collaborate better in Canada?

  3. Dr. Vic Neufeld, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR). Resources and surgical research opportunities 

Accreditation Statement

The BRT 2014 is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by McMaster University, Continuing Health Sciences Education Program for up to 20.5 MOC Section 1 credits. Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


For more information on the 2014 BRT, please contact one of the following individuals at the McMaster ISD

Helena Collins, Conference Coordinator

Dr. Brian Cameron, Conference Chair
Phone: 905-521-2100 Ext. 75231



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