Consortium of orthopaedic academic traumatologists: a model for collaboration in orthopaedic surgery
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In March 2016, North American academic leaders with an interest in and commitment to the field of global orthopaedics met in Orlando, Florida, to gauge each institution's clinical, research, and educational programs in developing countries, establish the main limitations to participating in global health efforts, and assess areas of need for both the participating institutions and their international partners. After this inaugural meeting, a needs assessment survey was distributed to the group to better understand how to organize and unify the individual institutional global efforts. The results revealed that surgeons believed there was a vital need for improved communication, mentorship, and infrastructural support between North American universities. To this end, the Consortium of Orthopaedic Academic Traumatologists (COACT) was founded. The COACT seeks to promote a novel framework geared toward improving trauma care capacity by building collaborative partnerships among leading academic centers across the United States and Canada. The consortium represents a comprehensive partnership that promotes communication, collaboration, and advocacy through a central network to facilitate investigative, educational, and clinical services. Academic partners share best practices, resources, and opportunities in their international outreach projects in low- and middle-income countries in the field of orthopaedic trauma. Over the course of the past 2 years, the COACT has grown to more than 80 faculty, fellow, resident, and student members, representing over 20 orthopaedic institutions across North America.
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