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Partnership in Ethiopia: University of Utah's and UCLA's Departments of Orthopaedics Collaboration With Soddo Christian Hospital in Ethiopia.

  • Author(s): Anderson, Lucas A;
  • Bernthal, Nicholas M;
  • Haller, Justin M;
  • Higgins, Thomas F;
  • Elliott, Iain S;
  • Anderson, Duane R
  • et al.

Collaborations between orthopaedic training programs in developed countries and international sites in austere environments offer abundant benefits and mutual enrichment. It is often assumed that the exchange is one-sided and we hope to dispel that assumption. Despite the logistical challenges inherent in these partnerships, our experience has been unanimously reviewed as "greatly beneficial" to visiting residents/faculty and surgeons/trainees at the host location. We hope that this article will (1) encourage faculty at training programs to permit and enable residents to experience international orthopaedics while still in training; (2) encourage faculty to visit international hospitals while contributing expertise in subspecialty surgery, research, and teaching; and (3) encourage international hospitals to create opportunities for clinical and research collaboration with academic orthopaedics departments.

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