Each mission features a lecture by the mission team leader, always a noted pediatric surgeon, on a topic of immediate importance to the hospital medical professionals and staff. Topics are coordinated with hospital administrators.
This opportunity for professional development brings together the local doctors, nurses, and support personnel in a forum for the exchange of ideas.
An interpreter is provided, where necessary.
Since beginning the program in December, 2008, lectures at La Mascota in Managua, Nicaragua in their modern conference facility, have included the following topics:
Surgical Repair of Transposition of the Great Arteries
Presented by Dr. François Lacour-Gayet,
Head of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Montefiore Children's Hospital and Professor of Surgery at Einstein University, New York City. In addition to La Mascota doctors and staff, the lecture drew audience from the local medical university community. Lecture delivered Tuesday, January 26, 2010.
Evolution of Infant Cardiac Transplantation
Presented by Dr. Leonard Bailey, Head of Pediatric
Cardiac Surgery, Loma Linda University Hospital, Loma Linda, California. Lecture
Anomalies of Systemic and Pulmonary Venus Return
delivered Tuesday, August 4, 2009.
Presented by Dr. Dominique Metras (cardiac surgeon, Hopital de la Timone in Marseille, France). Lecture delivered Tuesday, July 7, 2009.