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Univalle graduated leader and mentor of young surgeons in Latin America

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The graduate of the Medicine and Surgery program of the Valle University in 2001, Dr. Paula Ferrada, works to help young doctors and surgeons of the University of the Commonwealth of Virginia (United States) to balance their work life; she guides them in the transition from training to practice and teaches them to become good leaders.


Dr. Paula Ferrada is a professor of surgery at the School of Medicine of the University of the Commonwealth of Virginia (VCU), and since she began in the world of teaching, her efforts have aligned with the development of young surgeons to national and international level. As President of Education and Research for the Pan-American Trauma Society, she is responsible for coordinating online courses and content throughout the Americas, having taught and directed in Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Panama, Colombia and Bolivia.



In addition to advancing work as a teacher at the VCU, Paula Ferrada is an ultrasound instructor at the American College of Surgeons, where she is also the director of the mentoring program for young fellows. The American College of Surgeons (ACS), founded in 1913, is the largest association of surgeons in the world. The leadership of Dr. Paula in the Association of Young Fellows is significant, because around 40 percent of the members of the ACS are under 45 years old.


"Since 2010 I have dedicated myself to making Virginia Commonwealth University a center of excellence in ultrasound performed by surgeons. I developed a transthoracic echocardiogram training course limited initially for surgeons. After validating this course, training in ultrasound was included in the resident's curriculum." Affirmed the graduate of Medicine and Surgery at Universidad del Valle.


Currently, Dr. Paula is a member of the Education Committee for the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).


The work of Professor Paula is specially directed to advise women, young people and others who in the field of medicine are insufficiently represented.


"Doctors in parts of Latin America, Africa and Asia have fewer opportunities and resources for professional development, also they are at a disadvantage when publishing their research, because their colleagues in the United States and Europe have greater preference" , said Dr. Paula Ferrada, who also added that "It is the responsibility of each one of us to empower others, to help those around us so that we can be the best version of ourselves and serve our patients in the best way possible. Creating opportunities for young surgeons, especially those who are minorities, is essential. We live in a world where we have an equitable distribution of talents but not an equitable distribution of opportunities."


Dr. Paula wants to emphasize the importance of: "Advising future leaders and guiding young professionals, women or minorities who, otherwise, are less likely to express their ideas or receive guidance in research"

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