In Latin America, many patients do not have timely access to safe surgical care. The Johnson & Johnson Institute is committed to changing this by providing innovative professional education and training that meets the needs of healthcare professionals (HCPs) throughout their career
Mexican Forum of Surgical Innovation
Professional education can help patients benefit from the latest medical advances. This is the goal of the Mexican Forum of Surgical Innovation (FoMIQ), a J&J Institute initiative that enables surgeons across multiple specialties to improve their surgical techniques and gain exposure to new technology.
The event is held in partnership with UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and takes place over two weeks at the UNAM Faculty of Medicine in Mexico City. The program provides education and training to 200 attendees across twelve specialties: bariatrics, colorectal, HPB, head and neck, gynecology, general surgery, orthopaedics, hand and shoulder, thoracic, and hernia. Participants receive hands on training in cadaveric labs that simulate the OR experience. There are also workshops and lectures to encourage knowledge sharing and scientific debate. The program also includes courses for residents and nurses.
“Our priority is to increase access in Latin America to safe, effective surgery, however, we also want to elevate the learning to help more surgeons adopt laparoscopic techniques,” said Octavio Gamez, M.D., Professional Education Manager.” In Mexico, the majority of colorectal procedures are done with open approach. Through education and training, we can help more patients access the benefits of minimally invasive surgery.”
Latin American Forum Masters
A key goal of the J&J Institute is to drive collaboration and peer-to-peer learning to improve care. This was on display during the LAF (Latin American Forum) Masters program held at the J&J Institute in Raynham, MA.
Led by an international faculty of thought leaders, the event is attended by almost 200 best-in-class surgeons from across Latin America.
“For surgeons at this advanced level, networking with their peers is crucial,” said Rogério Salah Moraes, Regional Education Manager. “LAF MASTERS provides an excellent forum for this. It affords participants with the opportunity to interact with international key opinion leaders in a more meaningful way than might be possible at medical congress.” The course offers focused education in three surgical specialties: bariatric, colorectal and thoracic. The curriculum includes lectures, workshops and hands-on training on procedures and technologies in cadaver labs.
LAF Masters attendees are key opinion leaders in their respective countries, so the goal is to have them take back their learnings and share them with other surgeons.
Meeting Professional Education Needs in LATAM
There is significant demand for professional education in Latin America. A study from the J&J Institute and the nonprofit Institute of the Americas showed that 97 percent of Latin American HCPs believed training had “high impact” or “impact” on patients’ health.
“Through initiatives such as the FoMIQ and LAF Masters, the J&J Institute is providing a continuum of education to support the demand for lifelong professional education in Latin America,” said Arnon, Regional Professional Education Manager. “We look forward to partnering with the medical community to develop innovative education that advances care for patients in Latin America.”