Surgical Expedition – Social Project Serves Women in Remote Regions of Brazil

University Extension Project of USP Medical School “SURGICAL EXPEDITION” launches miniseries

The Surgical Expedition of USP Medical School, in partnership with the Brazilian Air Force, conducted a trip to Barra do Garças, in Mato Grosso, with the aim of providing quality clinical and surgical care to the population.

This is the tenth annual expedition, carried out by more than 70 volunteers, including professors, doctors, and residents of FMUSP, who managed to transport over 1.7 tons of equipment and medicines. During the journey, 300 clinical consultations, 117 surgeries, 270 gynecological consultations, and 1,005 ultrasound exams were performed, among other services that will be featured in the miniseries.

“Our mission is to contribute to the social, academic, and professional formation of the university students through actions aimed at improving the health conditions of vulnerable populations in Brazil; in addition to leaving a strong legacy in the region we visit by creating centers of minimally invasive surgery in the country,” commented Professor Dr. Mauricio Abrão, the creator of the Surgical Expedition.

Luiz Felipe Tojal, a member of the Surgical Expedition’s board of directors, highlighted the importance of the project for society, as it not only improves patients’ quality of life but also treats disabling pathologies such as endometriosis and urinary incontinence. Moreover, the expedition also provides learning opportunities for the teams of local hospitals, who learn to handle a large flow of patients in a humane manner.

The Association formed by students and professors of USP Medical School aims to ensure, through teaching, assistance, and research, the future doctors and their capabilities in areas such as gynecology, anesthesiology, radiology, general surgery, pathology, among others, aiming at health access and the dissemination of knowledge, as well as encouraging scientific initiation.

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