The key to creating a sustainable and long-term solution to the overwhelmed medical institutions in war-torn regions is to teach local medical personnel in the latest techniques and practices. Most aid organizations are not able to provide the infrastructure necessary to create a long-term solution. GSMSG is the only organization capable of routinely bringing the highest qualified medical personnel from the US directly to front-line areas in an effort to confront humanitarian disasters.
GSMSG offers full-spectrum medical instruction from basic field combat casualty care to cardiothoracic or neuro surgeries.
GSMSG personnel offer an unmatched quality to communities in conflict areas. An example of some institutions that GSMSG surgical team members have either worked for or trained at include:
At times, the medical burden in conflict zones reaches a point where we are not able to wait for the local medical personnel to be trained to full proficiency. In those instances, GSMSG medical staff will switch from teachers to active practicioners. With our medical experts trained in the most advanced standards of care, we are able to clear several months worth of cases awaiting care in a single week. Patients who would have otherwise needed to wait up to 6 months to have a surgical procedure completed, if at all, now can be seen in a matter of days.
Treating the whole patient - A take on the Jesuit teaching of Cura Personalis, GSMSG recognizes that the health and well-being of patients in a war zone is not simply a matter of the clinical problems they face. The psychological, emotional, and community health as a whole plays a significant role in medical outcomes for individuals and families.
A perfect example of this occurred when a team of GSMSG medical personnel arrived at a refugee camp serving 5,000 families that had fled ISIS. Massive lines of patients appeared, many of whom already had been told by local doctors or doctors from other NGO's that they are stable or otherwise healthy. When our GSMSG team members asked local liaisons why so many patients had suddenly arrived, one representative of the patients said, "We have been told there is nothing wrong with us, but we will only feel better once your American doctors tell us we are OK. We will only believe it if YOU say so." Peace of mind, and having those patients truly believe they are healthy is far more medicine than any procedure we could offer to those individuals.
GSMSG helps to develop medical systems in war-torn regions so that they are able to accommodate massive numbers of refugees, internally displaced persons, and combat casualties. GSMSG comprises a unique network and therefore we are able to consult directly with Ministries of Health, medical directors, facility managers, and community leaders. Streamlined face-to-face interactions and personal relationships unencumbered by bureaucratic hindrances allow GSMSG to assist local leadership in managing crises of medical infrastructure.
TELEMEDICINE INSTRUCTION / CONSULTATION
Thanks to GSMSG’s expansive nationwide network of doctors and surgeons in the US, GSMSG is able to provide a constant stream of educational and training lectures to audiences of medical professionals anywhere in the world. This allows GSMSG the flexibility to tap into our expanded network of hundreds of medical specialists who are unable to travel to conflict areas.
Not only is GSMSG able to provide medical instruction, but we are also able to provide a telemedicine consulting capability. If local medical professionals realize they do not have the expertise for a particular case, they can consult with top GSMSG physicians in a particular specialty field in order to learn how to treat/manage a given case.