Corporate grant enhances burn education at UF College of Medicine

Published: May 28th, 2009

Category: Acute care surgery, Burns, David Mozingo, Education, Grants

Continuing to help better prepare students for their burn rotations, ConvaTec recently renewed a grant to the UF department of surgery’s burn education program.

The $10,000 grant enables medical students, surgical residents and fellows to take the American Burn Association’s online advanced burn life support training during their first week on the burn service rotation. It also provides trainees with a pocket burn care manual for reference and a comprehensive book called, Total Burn Care.

David Mozingo, M.D., professor of surgery and director of the Shands Burn Center at UF, said students coming onto the rotation previously did not have the opportunity to receive these types of educational resources.

“By taking the advance burn life support course they can get a good idea about how to manage a patient within the first 24 hours – something which they have very little familiarity of prior to the rotation,” said Mozingo.

Third-year medical student Sugong Chen, who completed the advance burn life support course, offers a perfect example of how this training helps students.

“A burn patient came in to the emergency room one night while I was on trauma call, and I felt more than prepared to manage that patient from the beginning to the end having taken this course,” said Chen, who added that the combination of the online training and book resources make the burn rotation an extra fulfilling experience.

Third-year medical student Sugong Chen, who completed the advance burn life support course, offers a perfect example of how this training helps students.

“A burn patient came in to the emergency room one night while I was on trauma call, and I felt more than prepared to manage that patient from the beginning to the end having taken this course,” said Chen, who added that the combination of the online training and book resources make the burn rotation an extra fulfilling experience.

This is the second time ConvaTec has contributed to the UF burn education program. The New Jersey-based company’s mission is to create innovative healthcare solutions for better patient outcomes.