Erica Ludi to Serve as RAS Liaison to the ACS Operation Giving Back Global Education Workgroup

February 2019

Erica Ludi, MD, general surgery resident of Emory University on research sabbatical, has been accepted as the resident liaison for the Education Subcommittee of Operation Giving Back (OGB) to the Resident and Associate Society (RAS) Global Surgery Working Group of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). She will serve in this position from 2019-2021.

OGB is an ACS volunteerism initiative and comprehensive resource center for surgical volunteer opportunities involving domestic and/or international service. The RAS Global Surgery Working Group advocates for the role and potential contributions of surgical trainees to the growing field of global surgery.

As OGB's education representative to the RAS Global Surgery Working Group, Dr. Ludi will be tasked with education-related resource review, improving availability for low-resource settings, organizing the didactic and humanitarian skills courses at the ACS Clinical Congress, and reviewing and developing panel proposals for the congress. She will participate in regularly scheduled OGB Education Subcommittee calls, as well as weekly conference calls of the RAS communication, advocacy, education, and membership committees so that she may report their concerns back to the Education Subcommittee. She will also report all education-related activities to the chair of the Global Surgery Working Group.

Dr. Ludi began establishing a foundation in global health with her participation as a medical student and resident in the Emory Haiti Alliance's summer surgical trips to Haiti, and she co-led a team that piloted a trauma surveillance logbook at four Haitian hospitals. She is now the 2018-2019 global health fellow of the Center for Global Health of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and is currently working in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to improve the region's rudimentary trauma and emergency medical services system. She will return to Emory and her clinical residency in July 2020.