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Top Tier Medical and surgical Training


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Top Tier Medical and surgical Training


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 simply offer material support, substandard medical advise, or transient expertise.  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 thwart humanitarian disasters right at the source.

GSMSG Cardiothoracic surgeons instructing local Kurdish surgeons

GSMSG Cardiothoracic surgeons instructing local Kurdish surgeons

GSMSG Diagnostic experts training local Kurdish medical staff

GSMSG Diagnostic experts training local Kurdish medical staff

GSMSG offers full-spectrum medical instruction from basic field combat casualty care to complex and invasive heart or neuro surgeries.

GSMSG Combat Trauma Specialists teaching field intubation techniques to Peshmerga medics

GSMSG Combat Trauma Specialists teaching field intubation techniques to Peshmerga medics

GSMSG surgeons instructing Kurdish surgeons on open-heart surgery techniques

GSMSG surgeons instructing Kurdish surgeons on open-heart surgery techniques

GSMSG personnel offer an unmatched quality to communities in Northern Iraq/Kurdistan.  An example of some institutions that GSMSG surgical team members have either worked for or trained at include: 
 

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Cornell University Medical College
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • American University of Beirut Medical Center
  • The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
  • Hektoen Institute in Cook County, IL
  • Yale University Medical Center
  • Miami Ryder Trauma Surgery Center
  • Johns Hopkins Medical Center
  • US Army Trauma Training Center
  • USUHS (the US Military Medical University)
  • US Special Operations Command(SOCOM)
  • US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) 
     
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Direct medical and surgical care


Direct medical and surgical care


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 case-backlog 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. 

GSMSG medical team members providing basic physical exams

GSMSG medical team members providing basic physical exams

GSMSG surgeons clearing a backlog of surgical cases that had would have otherwise required several months on waiting

GSMSG surgeons clearing a backlog of surgical cases that had would have otherwise required several months on waiting

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.

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.
— Representative of medical patients at a refugee camp in Northern Iraq

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.

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Medical Coordination and Development


Medical Coordination and Development


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.  Thanks to the unique networks that facilitate GSMSG actions, 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 which are not encumbered by massive bureaucratic hindrances allow GSMSG to nimbly assist native leadership in managing crises and preventing future collapses of medical infrastructure.

 

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Telemedicine Instruction / Consultation


Telemedicine Instruction / Consultation


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.  In this, 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.