SAN DIEGO–ConnectMed International, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to bringing the region’s gold standard of healthcare to underserved parts of the world, helps launch Hue University’s first-ever Plastic Surgery Division.
Hue University is now the only plastic surgery training facility in central Vietnam.
Earlier this month, surgeons and nurses from the University of California San Diego, Stanford University and University of Pennsylvania representing ConnectMed traveled to Vietnam to complete a week-long educational and surgical collaboration with Hue University of Medicine to formalize the Division.
“We’re proud to announce that Hue University is now one of three plastic surgery training facilities in Vietnam,” said ConnectMed President Amanda Gosman. “Local surgeons will have the medical and surgical training they need to provide sustainable healthcare where it’s widely unaccessible.”
Since 2013, ConnectMed has supported Hue University surgeons through collaborative partnerships. To demonstrate its support of the new division, ConnectMed helped formalize the launch with a continuing medical education (CME) conference and charitable surgeries in partnership with Hue University surgeons. The conference featured presentations on facial reconstruction and microsurgery from Dr. Amanda Gosman (UCSD), Dr. Gordon Lee (Stanford) and Dr. Phuong Nguyen (UPenn).
During the CME conference, participants also benefited from interactive broadcasts of live surgeries and a hands-on lab providing surgical training for the treatment of facial trauma. The surgical teams from ConnectMed and Hue University worked closely together to successfully complete 11 surgeries for low-income local adults and children, including tissue expansion for a young burn patient and post-mastectomy microsurgical breast reconstructions.