Promoting international exchange to other specialties
Mow is the director of the international program of the department of orthopaedic surgery. Through this program, he brings several bright young orthopaedic surgeons from throughout Asia to Stanford for advanced training and research work each year.
"Dr. Mow has been instrumental in allowing sponsorships of students and other physicians from Asia to come here and conduct observerships and fellowships," says Weinacker. "It's really been an effort to make the world a smaller place in terms of education and community."
Trips to Asia by Stanford faculty and administration are becoming increasingly common. Last August, Orthopaedics Chair William Maloney, MD, accompanied Mow to Thailand for the first-ever Stanford Bangkok Hospital Hip and Knee Intensive Course. Maloney co-chaired the symposium with Bangkok Hospital's Chief of Orthopaedics Suthorn Bavonratanavech. During the two-day symposium, Maloney and Mow were able to share techniques and ideas with more than 300 surgeons from all over the region. Because of the success of this educational exchange, the two Stanford physicians are planning a second symposium in the coming year.
Mow is also working hard to expand these trips in the months and years to come to include medical staff from more specialty areas. But these invitations take time, he says, and a lot of personal phone calls, dinners and face-to-face meetings. They don't happen after a simple email exchange. He has also involved Stanford nursing in the past and is working with the Thailand Nursing Association and Thai nursing schools to bring Stanford OR nurses to visit later this year.
"When I'm over there, I have discussions with representatives of the National Ministries of Health, medical societies and major academic institutions to continue our dialogue to maintain, nurture and grow these relationships so that our program can involve more of the medical staff across our many specialties," he says. Medical staff exchange with Asian countries offers numerous opportunities for two-way education. For clinicians like Mow, the types and severity of cases that exist in Asia are much more advanced and rare than the cases seen in the U.S. "The pathology that we see is very challenging," he says, "and in that regard, it is very stimulating."
The health care world is small, reiterates Mow. "Any two people can get together from any two countries in the world and have a meaningful discussion that both parties will learn from," he says. "We all speak the universal language of patient care and improvement of our processes and expertise, and that’s what we're seeking to facilitate."
By Grace Hammerstrom