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March 2017

Global Outreach: Outreach is Calling, No Need for Stalling

Ferran Pellisé, MD, PhD
Global Outreach Committee Chair

The Global Outreach Committee has worked hard to accomplish the committee charges and develop its main priorities: outlining a GOP Road-Map, creating a new online GOP database and draft a GOP paper describing one year of activity at SRS GOP sites.

Our website has been recently updated and new educational material is available. The FOCOS Hospital halo-gravity traction (HGT) system video is now accessible online. The video is an excellent opportunity to learn how to build HGT-walker and wheelchair frames.

The new, simple, practical, M&M compatible, online GOP database is being piloted and will be accessible in the next few weeks. This “basic” database will replace trip reports and become the prospective registry of SRS GOP activity. The web form is accessible to any SRS member to use but entry is required of all GOP sites. Raw data reports can be requested from the SRS office.

The GOP Road Map was revealed in the September 2016 Newsletter where we discussed three site categories based on infrastructure, surgical activity and reporting. Educational SRS endorsement shall be increased for sites continuously accomplishing reporting duties. We are pleased to announce the Awards & Scholarships Committee has voted to enact a positive bias for GOP-associated applicants when applying to award opportunities linked to Global Outreach sites.

The Global Outreach Lunchtime Symposium at the Annual Meeting & Course in Philadelphia, PA, USA, will be entitled “SRS GOP Mission Trips: How to be Effective and Safe at a Reduced Cost.” During this lunch symposium you will hear from members of the GOP Committee and representatives from GOP Endorsed Sites about tips and tools that help achieve sustainable outreach efforts. We invite you to join us for this sure-to-be interesting and enlightening hour.

We actively seek participation of all SRS members in our outreach program. Please take a look at our interactive world map that includes all our sites. We encourage you to participate in outreach activities as well as interact and network with site leaders at IMAST and the Annual Meeting. Those who seek GOP recognition for new sites may contact latonio@srs.org to be put on to the GOP Committee Meeting agenda in Philadelphia.

The GOP Committee wants to publicly thank SRS staff liaison, Lily Atonio for the superb job done all over the year providing advice, input and contributing to the development of the above mentioned committee projects.

Chair: Ferran Pellisé, MD, PhD Committee: Raphael D. Adobor, MD, PhD; Carlos A. Abreu de Aguiar, MD; Dheera Ananthakrishnan, MD, MSE; Saumyajit Basu, MD; Christopher J. Bergin, MD; Donald J. Blaskiewicz, MD; Benny T. Dahl, MD, PhD, DMSci; Phyllis d’Ambra, RN, MPA; Antonio Hurtado, MD; Seung-Jae Hyun, MD, PhD; Brice Ilharreborde, MD, PhD; Andrew G. King, MB, ChB, FRACS, FACS; Timothy P. McHenry, MD; Hani H. Mhaidli, MD, PhD; Kan Min, MD; Gregory M. Mundis, Jr., MD; Edward K. Nomoto, MD; Elias C. Papadopoulos, MD; Shoji Seki, MD, PhD; Edward P. Southern, MD; Vidyadhara Srinivasa, MS, DNB, FNB (Spine); Akin Ugras, MD; J. Michael Wattenbarger, MD; Bettye A. Wright, PA, RN