Who We Are
The Emory Global Perioperative Alliance (EGPA) is a student-led, faculty-supervised organization within Emory University School of Medicine whose mission is to provide essential surgical services, to engage in collaborative educational efforts, and to assist in local healthcare capacity building in under-resourced communities around the world. Our team consists of faculty from General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, and Anesthesia, and participation spans across the Emory School of Medicine and Emory Healthcare system.
What We Do
Our team will return to the Department of Huehuetenango, Guatemala in June 2023 to perform much needed surgical care, engage in collaborative medical education with local physicians and our partner medical school La Universidad Rafael Landivar, and build local health care capacity through research, training, and patient care.
We will run two full operating rooms for general and gynecologic surgery, one operating room for ophthalmologic procedures, and one procedure room for minor procedures under local anesthesia. In addition, we will have a screening clinic, recovery ward, and lodging for patients. Our efforts aim to continue developing surgical capacity in the highlands of Guatemala and to address the immense burden of surgical disease in the region.
Why Your Support Matters
As a student-organized trip, we rely entirely on fundraising and grants to fund travel expenses, logistics, staffing, medications, surgical instruments, and pre- and post-operative care of our patients. Our team of students crosses multiple levels of training, and together we collaborate to organize the trip throughout the year. All funds received through this campaign will be used to fund our upcoming surgical trip to Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
The costs associated with these trips are significant, and your generosity is instrumental in ensuring our team’s safety and success. By giving, you can become an integral part of this educational and humanitarian effort and contribute to Emory's ongoing mission to help define the future of healthcare in this country and abroad.