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March 2016

Happy Doctor's Day!




According to the ABA, "Doctors' Day was first observed in 1933 to honor the initial use of general anesthesia in a surgical procedure.  In 1958, the United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors' Day on March 30, which was later signed into effect by President George H. W. Bush".

On his day let a physician know that they are special people.

"All Things Influenza."

On Wednesday, March 20, 2016, Dr. James Gude, Clinical Professor at UCSF, will speak on "All Things Influenza." The times for this exciting online talk is from 8-9am Pacific Standard Time. Please review the times in your international location.



























International Times for this ONLINE Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00 AM PST 
New York- at 11:00 AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)- at 12:00pmBRT 
London (UK)- at 4:00 PM BST 
Lagos (Nigeria)- at 4:00 PM WAT 

World Tuberculosis Day











On March 24th, the nations of the world will recognized this day as World Tuberculosis Day. 
This day commemorates the 1882 discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by Dr. Robert Koch.  

The goal of celebrating World TB day is to increase the public's awareness of this global epidemic! 

Inpatient Pneumonia














Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lungs typically characterized by a productive cough, fever, chest pain, and difficulty breathing.  The treatment of the disease is dependent on the microorganism causing the condition.  On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Dr. James Gude will present a case presentation on the "Inpatient Pneumonia".  The times for this exciting online discussion is from 8-9am Pacific Standard Time.  Please review the times for your international location.

Ebola is gone, but will return.

Sierra Leone's recent flare-up of Ebola is over for now after no new transmissions of the disease was detected. However, according to the WHO, the likelihood of new infections is probable. 

Seizure Disorders: "A Clinical Approach"














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On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, Dr. Allan Bernstein will speak on Seizure Disorders: "A Clinical Approach".  The times for this exciting online discussion is from 8am-9am Pacific Standard Time.  Please review the times in your international location.

International Times for this ONLINE Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00 AM PST
Chicago-10am Central Time 
New York- at 11:00 AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)- at 12:00pmBRT 
London (UK)- at 4:00 PM BST 

Physician shortage expected in PR





















A doctor walks through a hallway at the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2013. A medical exodus has been taking place for a decade in the Caribbean territory as doctors and nurses flee for the U.S. mainland, seeking higher salaries and better reimbursements from insurers. Ricardo Arduengo/AP
Puerto Rico might become the next area to be affected by a shortage of physicians.  According to the National Public Radio (NPR), at least, one doctor leaves PR every day.  In a country where more than 60 percent of it's residents are covered by

The 2016 Mrs. World Pageant








The 2016 Mrs. World Pageant is currently underway in Dongguan, China. Our volunteer, attending this event, has been impressed with the number of contestants that also volunteer their time to helping causes in which they are passionate. The staff, at Volunteers4Humanity, believes that international events that allow people from diverse cultures and backgrounds to interact with one another can provide an opportunity to learn about more about each other.  Finding similarities and demystifying areas that we know little about is a good start towards mutual respect and world peace.

International Women's Day-March 8, 2016










March 8th is celebrated as International Women's Day. Since our inception, we have witnessed the need for gynecologic and obstetric care in developing areas. Our International Women's Day Pledge is to provide education, training, and assistance towards the use of surgery to correct various female disorders such as vaginal fistulas, uterine/rectal prolapse, and menometrorrhagia.

Coumadin Induced Coagulopathy















The most widely prescribed anticoagulant in North America is coumadin.   Initially developed as a rat toxin, in the 1940's, it usefulness in preventing blood clots lead to coumadin being approved by the FDA for use in humans in 1956.   OnWednesday, March 9, 2016, Dr. James Gude will present a case presentation on "Coumadin Induced Coagulopathy".   

The time for this exciting online discussion is from8am-9am Pacific Standard Time.  Please review the times for your international location.