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Mexico pioneers medical technology training programme:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Mexico has launched a programme to train doctors and paramedics in the use of innovative medical technology was launched last week. Skin surgery was the subject of the first course of the national medical techniques development centre (CEDDEM). The programme also features: laparoscopic and conventional surgery; gastrointestinal, urological and lung endoscopy; and airway management. The CEDDEM, based in Tlalpan (Mexico federal district), is a joint private and public initiative. Its leading private-sector sponsor is the AstraZeneca Foundation, which contributed Mex$7m (US$630,000) towards the construction and equipping of the new facilities. The new programme was described by Dr Fernando Gabilondo, director general of the national medical and nutritional sciences institute, as a pioneering model for the rest of Latin America.

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