Published: Nov. 8, 2018

MSU's VIPP helps South Korea's nationwide trauma care reform

Contact(s): Mina Shin VIPP office: 517-884-2180

MSU's Visiting International Professional Program organized a professional development workshop in Michigan and Maryland for 20 trauma doctors and public officials from South Korea.

South Korean trauma care reform is one of the most important government agendas today. The Korea Ministry of Personnel Management turned to MSU's Visiting International Professional Program for its expertise in government training programs.

From October 15-23, VIPP organized a nine-day training workshop for 20 trauma doctors and public officials from South Korea. The delegation visited three Level 1 trauma centers across America, including Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, University of Michigan Medical Center and University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, to benchmark the U.S. trauma care system.

"I feel privileged to develop this workshop for South Korea. The public and government have strong interests in improving the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the South Korean EMS and trauma care system," said Mina Shin, VIPP's assistant director.

According to statistics by South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare, more than 30 percent of people who died from fatal trauma injuries last year could have survived if they had access to proper and timely treatment.

This is higher than the United States and other developed countries. The goal is to lower the preventable death rate by improving the comprehensive trauma care system and infrastructure.

"VIPP is proud to develop this high-impact workshop and expand MSU's global outreach to South Korea to help save lives around the world," Shin said.

Korean trauma doctors simulated treating a gunshot wound patient at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

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