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This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of the World Trauma Congress 2012

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Enhancing trauma education worldwide through telemedicine

Antonio C Marttos1, Fernanda M Kuchkarian1*, Phillipe Abreu-Reis2, Bruno MT Pereira3, Francisco S Collet-Silva4 and Gustavo P Fraga3

Author Affiliations

1 University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Surgery Department (D40), PO Box 016960 Miami, FL 33101, USA

2 Federal University of Parana, Rua XV de Novembro, 1299, CEP 80.060-000, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil

3 University of Campinas (Unicamp), Faculty of Medical Sciences, Division of Trauma Surgery, (FCM/Unicamp), R. Alexander Fleming, 181, Cidade Universitaria “Prof. Zeferino Vaz”, CEP: 13.083-970, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

4 Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina Universidade de Sao Paulo, Av. Dr. Arnaldo, 455, Cerqueira Cesar, CEP: 01.246-903, São Paulo, Brazil

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World Journal of Emergency Surgery 2012, 7(Suppl 1):S4  doi:10.1186/1749-7922-7-S1-S4

Published: 22 August 2012

Abstract

Advances in information and communication technologies are changing the delivery of trauma care and education. Telemedicine is a tool that can be used to deliver expert trauma care and education anywhere in the world. Trauma is a rapidly-evolving field requiring access to readily available sources of information. Through videoconferencing, physicians can participate in continuing education activities such as Grand Rounds, seminars, conferences and journal clubs. Exemplary programs have shown promising outcomes of teleconferences such as enhanced learning, professional collaborations, and networking. This review introduces the concept of telemedicine for trauma education, and highlights efforts of programs that are utilizing telemedicine to unite institutions across the world.