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Phan Rang, Vietnam-Kathy Yates, Interplast board member.
We are joined by Dr. Do, a Vietnamese anesthesiologist from Tam Ky, who met our team leader, Dr. Richard Gillerman, when Dr. Gillerman was in Vietnam on an Interplast trip several years ago. Dr. Do sent one of his patients to see us last week, and has decided to join us himself for hands-on participation. Teaching local practitioners is a core aspect of the Interplast mission and Dr. Do has come to avail himself of the opportunity to learn from the three other anesthesiologists on the trip. It is disappointing that there are not more local surgeons or anesthesiologists who have come to observe. That may be due to the fact that this is a new location for Interplast (this is only our second year visiting this location.) It typically takes several years to develop the appropriate level of infrastructure and relationships for a mature Interplast teaching program with full participation from local hospital staff and doctors. Local doctors want to confirm that it is worthwhile to take days or weeks out of their own practice schedules to work side-by-side with the Interplast team. That happens over time, as repeated exposures to the local community and observations of patient outcomes over an extended period build Interplast’s positive reputation.
As early representatives for Interplast, we are all aware of our visibility and the need to be good ambassadors for the organization. This is part of the reason why a veteran team was assembled to come to Phan Rang and help establish a positive relationship with the site.