(2016-2018) - MENTOR: Mamta Swaroop, MD
Dr. South's research focuses on trauma and emergency medical systems strengthening in developing countries. Under the guidance of his mentor Dr. Mamta Swaroop and the Northwestern Trauma & Surgical Initiative, Sam is researching how lay-person first responders contribute to injury prevention and trauma systems in the developing world. To do this, he is working to develop and teach lay-person first responder courses in the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Sam is also using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods including expanding hospital based trauma registries, and conducting qualitative interviews to better understand the current state of trauma care in the region. These effortwill set the stage for improved resource allocation, the designation of trauma centers, the establishment of protocolized triage and notification systems, and establish the foundation for a sustainable emergency medical system in Bolivia.