Our outreach efforts are far-reaching, ranging from maintaining contact with our past program graduates, to making sports safer for Bay Area athletes, to the far shores of Africa, increasing global awareness and assisting underserved countries through our volunteerism programs.
The Playsafe Program is a community outreach program of the UCSF Sports Medicine group. They provide sports medicine care to the SFUSD high schools. These services are in great demand as care of this type is no longer found otherwise.
Our international efforts are multifaceted. The faculty of Orthopaedic Surgery are committed to advancing orthopaedic care worldwide. Outreach efforts, which include international volunteer missions, provide essential help to underserved countries and helps fill the staggering health care disparity between developing and developed nations by spreading new ideas and technology. Economic globalization has deepened the interdependence of the world’s public health on American medicine. Sixty to eighty percent of the world’s population lacks basic health care, yet eighty percent of the world’s orthopaedists live in the developed world. Trauma, in particular, represents a major worldwide epidemic that underdeveloped countries are ill prepared to address.
The faculty is committed to advance orthopaedic care worldwide. Through faculty-sponsored outreach programs and the UCSF orthopaedic surgery residency elective, we hope to foster lifelong spirit of volunteerism in our orthopaedic residents and promote like behavior in other orthopaedic training programs across the United States. By decreasing barriers to volunteerism and encouraging early participation in volunteer activities in our residents and students, our goal is to hope to nurture a culture of physician involvement within the United States orthopaedic community.