As a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Mark Holterman, MD, PhD, conducts medical research and teaches medical students and surgical residents. Dr. Mark Holterman also supports the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN).
IPSAC-VN endeavors to improve the care of children in Vietnam by enhancing health care, using education and training to increase workforce and institutional capacity, supporting academics, contributing material and equipment, and providing surgery in the remote highlands. The IPSAC-VN International Scholar Program helps to accomplish this objective by awarding $2,500 to licensed and in-training medical personnel for educational expenses, travel, and room and board while spending up to two months being educated in the United States. This education involves observing clinical practices or receiving training in transnational research at a medical institution accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The program is tailored to each chosen scholar who has the goal of enhancing the quality of health care at his or her institution in Vietnam. At the end of the program, all scholars prepare a presentation that details the practices they will carry out to improve patient care.