We train and develop catalytic leaders who train others.
We scale best practice by recruiting, in partnership with others, pediatric neurosurgeons from under-resourced countries. We train them (and supporting team members) in evidence-based surgical practices and patient care protocols. They, in turn, implement these best practices in their location. We provide ongoing coaching, support, and continuing education delivered both virtually and in-person.
We immerse surgeons and other healthcare workers in high volume training.
Our training is conducted in regions where, due to the overwhelmingly high incidence rate, surgeons perform such operations multiple times per week. Gaining proficiency quickly in new surgical techniques is possible only where multiple repetitions are possible. Our training model rapidly accelerates the overall training process.
We introduce a different pedagogy for training.
Most of the doctors we train in under-served countries have been trained in a “watch and learn” model of surgical procedure. In contrast, we employ a model of training often referred to as “see one, do one, teach one”. It involves surgeons in hands-on learning far more quickly than is typical in their contexts. It increases their learning and proficiency far faster. And they learn from the outset how to train others in turn.
We multiply our impact by partnering with leading organizations.
In order to ensure wraparound services and exponential impact, we partner with organizations such as the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgeons, Reach Another, Child-Help, the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery, and InterSurgeon.
Our work is connected to the locations in which we serve.
We do not simply “parachute” into a community to offer training. Through the presence of our staff and partners on-the-ground, as well as our work with local hospitals, governments, and various NGOs, we maintain long-term relationships in the locations which we serve. This enables us to not only offer training, but to develop broader education programs for families and communities, as well as advocacy programs for better care.
We work with children.
In under-resourced parts of the world, it is mostly adults who benefit from neurosurgery; children are usually overlooked. Our model focuses on children, giving them a future they deserve. In so doing, we not only change the trajectories of children and their families, we change cultures: we show countries what is possible, we elevate the sanctity of children’s lives, and we help countries invest in evidence-base care for future generations.