The PTS International Observership Program (IOP) is open for qualified foreign medical students and surgeons who wish to visit and observe certain clinical and educational activities on affiliated trauma centers for a short period of time.
At CTCCE the Observer has the opportunity to observe the various skills and personnel needed for program planning and management, curriculum development and program administration. The observer will learn about several different types of EMS systems in the commonwealth of Virginia including medical air services, and will ride with different rescue squads. They will also participate in the trauma and EMS Training Programs and continuing education programs conducted by CTCCE. The above skills and information is crucial for the organization and enhancement of EMS systems.
In addition, the rotation can be focused on emergency and trauma ultrasound training under the leadership of Dr. Paula Ferrada, with emphasis on echocardiogram and FAST of critically ill patients.
NOTE: This is for Observation only:
This program is strictly observational. A participant shall in no way be permitted to actively participate in patient care or direct contact, examination, research or other work during his/her observership.
Nancy Valencia, MSc.
International Systems Development Coordinator
Division of Acute Care Surgical Services
Department of Surgery
Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine
Richmond, VA 23298-0454