YSN graduate Vic Tolentino '10 recently arrived in Blantyre, Malawi, where he is assisting YSN clinical instructor and Yale School of Medicine assistant professor Dave Walker, MD, with research on pediatric trauma care.
Dr. Walker was awarded a Fulbright Grant by the U.S. State Department to teach and conduct research at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. "We are both interested in international health, and have collaborated on projects before, so it made sense to work together in Malawi," Tolentino said about his decision to participate on this project.
Tolentino and Walker are implementing a trauma surveillance system, or trauma registry, a collection of data on every injured patient treated in the pediatric emergency department at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, the only referral hospital in the southern region of Malawi. They will then analyze the data to describe the types of injuries the hospital sees and the treatment the patients are given. The goal of their research is to improve pediatric trauma care at the hospital and inform injury prevention efforts in Malawi.
"If successful, our work will be the first study in Malawi to describe the characteristics and management of children with traumatic injuries," Tolentino said. "As a result of this work, we will be able to inform injury prevention initiatives being undertaken by the Malawi Ministry of Health at the local and national levels. Our research will also improve the quality of hospital care by guiding the development of data driven training modules for both medical and nursing staff in Malawi."
In addition to this research, Tolentino has also been asked to help develop educational modules for all levels of nursing on pediatric health topics.
Tolentino graduated from YSN with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2010. He also holds a Master in Public Health and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University.