Inaugural Observership in Emergency Medicine

We are proud to acknowledge the successful completion of the 2015 Project SEMILLA/UCLA Center for World Health Observership in Emergency Medicine by Dr. Ivette Urcuyo and Dr. Juan Carlos Escorcia. Dr. Urcuyo is chief resident in emergency medicine at the Antonio Lenin Fonesca Hospital in Managua. Dr. Escorcia is chief resident in surgery of the Hospital Escuela Oscar Danilo Rosales Arguello in Leon, Nicaragua. Drs. Urcuyo and Escorcia were chosen via a competitive application process from amongst highly qualified candidates.Recipients arrived June 29th in Los Angeles and participated in a two-week program focused on educational methods in academic emergency medicine and emergency ultrasound. Participating institutions included Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, LAC+USC Emergency Medicine, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the UCLA Stimulation Center. Special thanks goes to the Emergency Ultrasound Division of Olive View-UCLA Medical Center for their support with this initiative. Drs. Urcuyo and Escorcia will implement quality improvement projects focused on the use of point-of-care ultrasound at their hospitals in Nicaragua based on the information obtained through the Observership. Project SEMILLA will continue to support these initiatives to assure their hospitals benefit from the information acquired in Los Angeles. Please look for the next call for applications expected in February 2016.

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