January 17, 2001

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UCSD CROSS-BORDER HEALTHCARE PRESENTS MEDICAL UPDATE ON
TRAUMA AND EMERGENCY CARE IN BORDER REGION

For the first time in San Diego, a binational conference is being held by medical experts to provide education and training for trauma and emergency health care professionals in the border region. The one-day conference will help develop a relationship between California and Baja California to address the health care needs in the border region.

The UCSD Cross-Border Healthcare Education and Leadership Network has organized the conference “Medical Update on Trauma and Emergency Care in the Border Region,” from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, Scripps Mercy Hospital Educational Auditorium.

“Collaboration and sharing resources and information is critical to the promotion of health in the region,” said David Hoyt, M.D., director of UCSD Trauma, Burn and Critical Care Services. “We hope to establish a corps of trained practitioners who will work together to develop more extensive cross-border education and care over time.”

The conference will provide an opportunity for health care practitioners to learn about the availability of resources and protocols on both sides of the border. Educational topics will include a review of current recommendations for the care of injured patients including shock, head injuries, pediatric trauma and high-risk pregnancy.

The UCSD Cross-Border Healthcare Education and Leadership Network is organizing the event in cooperation with UCSD Medical Center, UCSD School of Medicine, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Hospital General de Tijuana ISESALUD, Hospital General de Mexicali, the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, and additional border health care organizations.

Funding for this conference has been provided by The Border Health Initiative of Project Concern International, through the California Endowment and direct funding from The California Endowment.

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EXPERTS:

David Hoyt, M.D., FACS, Director, UCSD Trauma, Burn and Critical Care Services.

Michael Sise, M.D., FACS, Medical Director, Trauma Services, Scripps Mercy Hospital

Carlos Astorga Othon, Secretario de Salud, Estado de Baja California (Secretary of Health, State of Baja California)

Media Contact: Eileen Callahan
619-543-6163  ecallahan@ucsd.edu

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