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 Surgery

December 7, 2015, 6:30 pm

Hosted by Dr. John Tarpley & Margaret Tarpley and the Department of Surgery

Location: Dr. John Tarpley & Margaret Tarpley's Home


  1. Terhune KP, Zaydfudim V, Abumrad NN. International medical graduates in general surgery: increasing needs, decreasing numbers. J Am Coll Surg. 2010 Jun;210(6):990-6.

  2. Hagander LE, Hughes CD, Nash K, Ganjawalla K, Linden A, Martins Y, Casey KM, Meara JG. Surgeon migration between developing countries and the United States: train, retain, and gain from brain drain. World J Surg. 2013 Jan;37(1):14-23.

  3. Pollock JD, Love TP, Steffes BC, Thompson DC, Mellinger J, Haisch C. Is it possible to train surgeons for rural Africa? A report of a successful international program. World J Surg. 2011 Mar;35(3):493-9.

  4. Qureshi JS, Young S, Muyco AP, Borgstein E, Charles AG, Mulwafu W, Shores CG, Banza L, Cairns B, Viste A, Mkandawire N. Addressing Malawi's surgical workforce crisis: a sustainable paradigm for training and collaboration in Africa. Surgery. 2013 Feb;153(2):272-81. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2012.08.004. Epub 2012 Oct 12.


Previous Meetings:


Global Urology    

September 21, 2015, 6:30 pm
Hosted by Dr. Joseph Smith and the Department of Urologic Surgery
Location: 407 A-C Light Hall


  1. Campain et al. Current Challenges to Urological Training in Sub-Saharan Africa. BJU International. 2015.

  2. Salem et al. Successful Control of Schistosomiasis and the Changing Epidemiology of Bladder Cancer in Egypt. BJU International. 2010 May.

  3. Wall et al. Ethical Aspects of Urinary Diversion for Women with Irreparable Obstetric Fistulas in Developing Countries. International Urogynecology Journal. 2008 January.

  4. Morgan et al. Comment on Wall et al.: "Ethical Aspects of Urinary Diversion for Women with Irreparable Obstetric Fistulas in Developing Countries". International Urogynecology Journal. 2008 January.

Global Research Ethics Review                    

June 1, 2015, 6:30 pm                                               

Hosted by Dr. Troy Moon and the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health

Location: Centennial Perk, 2525 West End Avenue, 8th Floor


  1. Rid A. The Goals of Research During an Epidemic. The American Journal of Bioethics. 2015 April

  2. White B. et al. In Particular Circumstances Attempting Unproven Interventions is Permissible and Even Obligatory. The American Journal of Bioeithcs. 2015 April

  3. Shannon S. Ebola, Team Communication, and Shame: But Shame on Whom?. The American Journal of Bioethics. 2015 April

  4. Miles S. Kaci Hickox: Public Health and the Politics of Fear. The American Journal of Bioethics. 2015 April.

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 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.


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

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