Vanderbilt International Journal Club

The Vanderbilt International Journal Club (VIJC) is a quarterly forum for faculty, residents, fellows, and medical students from all disciplines interested in international health care issues.

Questions? Contact Dr. Kelly McQueen or Katie Sweeney.


Upcoming Meetings:


Global Data                     

February 9, 2015, 6:30 pm                                               

Hosted by Dr. Matthew McEvoy and the Department of Anesthesiology

Location: Dr. Matthew McEvoy's Home


  1. Haynes B. et al. A Surgical Safety Checklist to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality in a Global Population. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2009 January

  2. Jenkins K. et al. Reducing Mortality and Infections After Congenital Heart Surgery in the Developing World. Pediatrics. 2014 November

  3. Watters D. et al. Perioperative Mortality Rate (POMR): A Global Indicator of Access to Safe Surgery and Anaesthesia. World Journal of Surgery. 2014 May


2014 Meetings:


Growing Appropriate ICU Care in Low Income Countries                      

December 15, 2014, 6:30 pm                                               

Hosted by Dr. Liza Weavind and the Anesthesiology Division of Critical Care

Location: Dr. Liza Weavind's Home


  1. Adhikari N, et al. Critical care and the global burden of critical illness in adults. Lancet. 2010 October

  2. Baker T. Critical care in low-income countries. Tropical Medicine and International Health. February 2009

  3. Gomersall D. Critical care in the developing world - a challenge for us all. Critical Care. 2010 March


OB in Global Health                                  

September 8, 2014, 6:00 pm                                          

Hosted by Dr. Melinda New and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Location 407 Light Hall


  1. Wall, L. Preventing Obstetric Fistulas in Low-Resource Countries: Insights From a Haddon Matrix. Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey. 2012

  2. Groen, R. et al. Female Health and Family Planning in Sierra Leone. Obstetrics and Gynecology. Sep 2013


Global Pain

March 10, 2014, 6:30 pm

Hosted by Dr. Tracy Jackson and the Anesthesiology Division of Pain Medicine

Location: Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks 1st Floor Conference Room


Global Trauma                                                     

June 16, 2014, 6:30 pm                                        

Hosted by Dr. Addison May and the Division of Trauma & Surgical Critical Care

Location: Abbottsford Clubhouse, 124 Abbottsford, Nashville, TN 37215

After you turn off Abbott Martin into the Abbottsford neighborhood, go straight on the main road to the top of the hill. The clubhouse will be on the right after the road bends.


  1. Mock C, et al. Strengthening the prevention and care of injuries worldwide. Lancet. 2004 Jun.

  2. Jayaraman S, et al. First things first: effectiveness and scalability of a basic prehospital trauma care program for lay first-responders in Kampala, Uganda. PLoS One. 2009 Sep.


For further reading, Dr. Amina Merchant has identified the following articles as useful in discussing the global trauma burden, specifically improving prehospital care.

  1. Geduld H, et al.Taxi driver training in Madagascar: the first step in developing a functioning prehospital emergency care system. Emerg Med J. 2011 Sep.

  2. Aufderheide TP, et al. Global health and emergency care: a resuscitation research agenda--part 1. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Dec.

  3. Laing GL, et al. Understanding the Burden and Outcome of Trauma Care Drives a New Trauma Systems Model. World J Surg. 2014 Jan 22.

  4. Murad MK, et al. Prehospital trauma care reduces mortality. Ten-year results from a time-cohort and trauma audit study in Iraq. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2012 Feb 3;20:13.

  5. Wesson HK, et al. Assessing trauma care at the district and provincial hospital levels: a case study of hospitals in Kenya. Injury. 2013 Dec.

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