Since 2008, it has been a tremendous pleasure to work with Ugandan surgical care colleagues on advancing the surgical care of children and their families. This interdisciplinary partnership has led to networks and collaborations spanning several surgical disciplines and specialties, which have resulted in surgical camps for children, teaching and learning exchanges for both Ugandan and Canadian trainees, and advancing research which aims to improve access to high-quality surgical care.
Dr. Sister Mary Margaret Ajiko, Dr. Mary Nabukenya, and Dr. Phyllis Kisa have been honoured with adjunct UBC faculty appointments in the Departments of Surgery, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Urologic Sciences respectively, in recognition of their tireless partnership, collaboration, and commitment to clinical and academic surgery. These three remarkable Ugandan women have not only continued to advance their training, they have made significant contributions to the learning of students, residents, and fellows both here in Canada and Uganda.
Drs. Ajiko, Nabukenya, and Kisa will be participating as facilitators in the global surgery elective for UBC medical undergraduate students, and in the future may assist in our Masters program for students wishing to gain vital, real-world exposure to faculty working in a variety of surgical settings globally.
Please join us and Damian J. Duffy, Executive Director, The Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation and Innovation (OPSEI), in welcoming Drs. Ajiko, Kisa, and Nabukenya most warmly to UBC and the Branch for International Surgical Care.
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